Elevation

Elevation

Book - 2018 | First Scribner hardcover edition.
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"Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine 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.""-- Provided by publisher.
Castle Rock, Maine. Scott Carey has been steadily losing weight. He doesn't look different, and 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 just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis. At home, Scott is engaged in an 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. They 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. As Scott tries to help the couple, 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. -- adapted from publisher info
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781982102319
1982102314
Branch Call Number: FIC KING
Characteristics: 146 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Geyer, Mark - Illustrator

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StephanieOne Mar 13, 2019

This almost seemed like King was trying to make an alternative plot to Thinner. Like "forget the gypsy curse, forget redemption, forget the drawn-out story telling. Let's just see what happens if someone loses weight...... but they also don't lose weight!"
It was a quick, enjoyable read though.

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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

What is the point? I finished this novella and wondered for ages if I was missing something? But alas, I don't think I was. King's weird obsession with the lesbian couple was off-putting but aside from that, it was enjoyable enough to read but so dissatisfying. There was no time to truly bond with any character, not that I'd want to since they all seemed bland. But there was no big revelation and the fact that 20 pages are wasted describing a foot race really added to that.

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TheWriteStuff
Feb 22, 2019

This little book is a fast, enjoyable read.
I found the concept of losing mass while maintaining the same outward appearance interesting and I chuckled to myself when the paunchy middle-aged man passed the fit, judgmental youngsters in the race.
The relationship development in the book is hopeful and the small references to current politics are a necessary part of understanding those relationships. Enough said, just read it.

ontherideau Feb 21, 2019

An unusual work of this author. Kirkus Reviewer concludes "A touching fable with a couple of deft political jabs on the way to showing that it might just be possible for us all to get along."
I wondered if King was making more than a political jab as I read the ending.

_McGeek_ Feb 13, 2019

This book was positive, uplifting (thus the title), had interesting characters and a great premise. It was also so short you really have nothing to loose committing to reading it! I'd recommend if you're looking for something quick, light and interesting.

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krsbozo
Feb 04, 2019

This is a quick read. It's short, about 150 pages, and it's a small book. It's set in Castle Rock, and has elements of the supernatural, but is not a horror book. The premise is that a 42-year old man is losing weight, but not mass. Odd. It's mostly about intolerance, in this case the narrow-minded views against single-sex marriage that pervades the small town. Goodness and hope win out over hatred in this book, so it feels hopeful.

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KariLynnL
Jan 31, 2019

This not horror genre at all. It is a short novel which is pretty boring and predictable.

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Dlbrownlow
Jan 28, 2019

Nice short story. Not drawn out, like many of King's books. I enjoyed this book, and the ideas behind it.

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SAPL454
Jan 24, 2019

This novel is a written masterpiece , especially from a renown author who always intrigues the reader to desire more from what he depicts in his storytelling.

MGBustillo Jan 23, 2019

King is great at the short story format which this mirrors very well. Do not be disappointed that it is not horror. Great scene of a marathon that pivots the story and develops that characters well.

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Why feel bad about what you couldn’t change? Why not embrace it?”
― Stephen King, Elevation

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“life is what we make it and acceptance is the key to all our affairs.”
― Stephen King, Elevation

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