Review Elevation: A book by Stephen King

The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. 

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Review

Praise for Elevation:

“Written in masterly King’s signature translucent style and set in one of his trademark locales, this uncharacteristically glimmering fairy tale calls unabashedly for us to rise above our differences… succinct, magical, timely…charming yet edgy.”
— Booklist, STARRED review

“[An] elegant whisper of a story…[Scott] finds a memorable—and quite beautiful, reallyway to depart a town made all the better for his presence.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

“In this surprisingly sweet and quietly melancholy short novel, King weaves an eerie, charming tale of the ways that strange circumstances can bring people together…King’s tender story is perfect for any fan of small towns, magic, and the joys and challenges of doing the right thing.”
Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

“Joyful, uplifting, and tinged with sadness.”
Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Stephen King:

“King’s ability to grip the reader’s mind, body and soul with his prose makes it all look easy.”
USA Today

“King is like Shakespeare in the ease with which primal themes can be styled to match the dominant mode of a given era.”
—The Guardian

“King’s writing is filled with optimism, sadness and a search for answers to life’s unanswerable questions.”
—The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“King is arguably as much an American icon as the ’68 Fastback.”
The Washington Post

“King is our most precious renewable resource.”
The Guardian

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