Elevation (novella)

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Elevation
Elevation (novel).jpg
First edition cover
AuthorStephen King
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreLiterary fiction
PublishedOctober 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)
PublisherScribner
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages144
ISBN978-1-982102-31-9
Preceded byThe Outsider 

Elevation is a novella by American author Stephen King, published on October 30, 2018, by Scribner. The book contains chapter-heading illustrations by Mark Edward Geyer, who previously illustrated King's first editions of Rose Madder and The Green Mile.[1][2]

Background information[edit]

King announced Elevation in an interview with Entertainment Weekly on December 22, 2017. While talking about his recent novella Gwendy's Button Box, King said, "I've written another novella called Elevation, which is also a Castle Rock story and, in some ways, it’s almost like a sequel to Gwendy. Sometimes you seed the ground, and you get a little fertilizer, and things turn out."[3] A small excerpt as well as the cover for the book were both unveiled by Entertainment Weekly on May 29, 2018. Despite King referring to Elevation as a novella, the book is billed on the cover as a novel.[4]

Plot details[edit]

In Castle Rock, Maine, Scott Carey faces a mysterious illness which causes bizarre effects on his body and makes him rapidly lose weight, even if he appears healthy on the outside. While battling this disease with his trusted doctor, he also tries fixing a dire situation involving a lesbian couple trying to open a restaurant surrounded by a disapproving public.[5][6][7][8]

Reception[edit]

Kirkus Reviews called it "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."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles, Ron (2018-10-29). Stephen King's Halloween Book Is Shockingly ... Heartwarming?" The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  2. ^ Summary Bibliography: Mark Geyer. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  3. ^ Breznican, Anthony (2017-12-22). "Stephen King Q&A: Pennywise's Creator on Scaring the Hell out of 2017." Entertainment Weekly (EW.com). Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  4. ^ Canfield, David (2018-05-29). "First look: Stephen King Returns to Castle Rock in Uplifting Novella Elevation." Entertainment Weekly (EW.com). Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  5. ^ Trombetta, Sadie (2018-02-09). "Stephen King Has TWO New Books Coming Out This Year & They Sound Shocking AF". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  6. ^ Saavedra, John (2018-02-10). "Elevation Is Stephen King's Second Book of 2018". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  7. ^ "StephenKing.com - Future Works". www.stephenking.com. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  8. ^ Kaye, Don (7 February 2018). "Stephen King announces his second book of 2018". Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Elevation by Stephen King". Kirkus Reviews. October 15, 2018.

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