|Publish Date:||Oct 2008|
|Number of Pages:||769|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.85|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 7.5 x 1.5|
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration.
Three months later, he received a $2, 500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success.
The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print.
Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Throught the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List.
Construction multimillionaire Edgar Freemantle has a violent side. After he loses his right arm in a critical work accident, Pam, his wife of more than 29 years, asks him for a divorce. In a spurt of anger, Edgar uses his remaining limb to stab Pam with a plastic knife. Heeding the advice of his therapist, Edgar packs up and leaves Minnesota for some psychological rehabilitation along the Florida Gulf Coast on the undeveloped island of Duma Key. There aren't many other residents, and Edgar quickly begins to discover the hidden family mystery of the elderly Elizabeth Eastlake, who owns most of the island's houses.
In his new rental home, Edgar begins to experiment with drawing and painting, sometimes in a frenzied manner, as if controlled by some outside source. As Edgar's artwork begins to bloom, the haunted mysteries of Elizabeth's past unfold. While not alike in plot, this book has a feel of such books as Bag of Bones and the more recent Lisey's Story and is essential for any popular fiction or King collection.
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Horribly injured in a construction-site accident and so edgy that his wife demands a divorce, self-made millionaire Edgar Freemantle heads for Florida's Duma Key and starts to paint. But his artwork seems to take on a life of its own.
No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...
A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure", a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.
"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"
"I used to sketch".
"Take it up again. You need hedges... hedges against the night".
Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.
The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural -- Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.
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