I’m always happy to read a new one by Stephen King, although this, in comparison to some of his huge doorstop type tomes, is a slim volume, a novella, rather like last year’s ‘Gwendy’s Button Box’, an extract from which is actually included as a bonus at the end of this book.
Pleasingly, and again like GBB, King sets the tale in good old Castle Rock, one of his favourite locations, and you have to say no-one captures and evokes the spirit and atmosphere of life in small town America better than he does. Superficially the story is a little similar to a previous novella, ‘Thinner’, written some years ago now under his Richard Bachman pseudonym – a man is inexplicably losing weight daily no matter how much he eats, but without any change in his outward physical appearance, and he weighs the same both with and without clothes. Throw in to the mix a gay female couple being shunned by the conservative local community, and you have the makings of an intriguing, if all too brief, tale. Overall, I found this quite a touching, sad story – there seems to be an overriding sense of melancholy pervading its pages, but I suppose its moral, if there is one, is respect people and try and do the right thing. Hopefully that’s still possible, even in these Trumpian times.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other works by King. Short stories.
One thing you’ve learned
Love thy neighbour.