Sunday, November 18, 2018
Elevation by Stephen King
Scott Carey leads an ordinary life in Castle Rock, Maine. He's a divorced website designer who lives with his cat Bill D. Cat. But, he's caught up in his latest well-paying project, and hasn't really paid too much attention to his neighbors, Deirdre McComb and Missy Donaldson, other than to complain when their dogs pooped on his lawn. But, the rest of the town notices the women are married, and they shun their restaurant, Holy Frijole.
Scott has his own problem that he only confides to his friend, a retired doctor. He's losing weight, about a pound a day, but he doesn't physically appear to have lost any weight. That's a problem if you choose to consider it one. Scott doesn't view it as an issue. There's nothing he can really do about it, and he'll live with it. But, Dr. Bob Ellis wonders what will happen when the weight loss ends.
An overheard remark catches Scott's attention though. It's a comment about his neighbors. He might not always get along with DeeDee, but he wasn't aware of the town attitude. And, DeeDee doesn't appreciate it when Scott stands up for them. Scott's determined to do more than that. When the right time comes, he challenges DeeDee about her own attitude.
And, I'm going to challenge readers. If you haven't picked up a Stephen King book, if he's scared you off, as he did for me with Misery, try Elevation. It's a book of our times. It will make you think. It will challenge you to examine your own blindness. It might make you cry. What do you have to lose? It's only 146 pages.
Stephen King's website is www.stephenking.com
Elevation by Stephen King. Simon & Schuster, 2018. ISBN 9781982102319 (hardcover), 146p.
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