Elevation
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.

Elevation Details

TitleElevation
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherScribner
ISBN-139781982102319
Rating
GenreHorror, Fiction

Elevation Review

  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    Expected publication: October 30th 2018 And here is my 2018's Halloween read!
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    I hate to wish away the month BUT is it October 30th yet!?!?
  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    145 short pages: that's all Stephen King needed to create characters that feel real: Scott, DeeDee, Missy and Bob (not a surprise: one of King's talents since Carrie), a curious mystery (Scott is losing weight...but his body is exactly the same as always), and an epic redemption moment that changes everything (and I won't say here which since it's a spoiler).A heartwarming story about how a kind act can change and elevate a person, a family and a whole community. An unforgettable return to Castl 145 short pages: that's all Stephen King needed to create characters that feel real: Scott, DeeDee, Missy and Bob (not a surprise: one of King's talents since Carrie), a curious mystery (Scott is losing weight...but his body is exactly the same as always), and an epic redemption moment that changes everything (and I won't say here which since it's a spoiler).A heartwarming story about how a kind act can change and elevate a person, a family and a whole community. An unforgettable return to Castle Rock, one of those towns we're so glad to stop by every now and then, and one we can never have enough stories from.
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  • Andrew MacNorth
    January 1, 1970
    Here's the thing about Stephen King a lot of people don't get. At the center of most—not all, but most—of his books is a gushing, bleeding heart that believes in the decency of humans and their capacity to love. Admittedly, this is usually buried under supernatural terror, gore, and depravity. But it’s there. And, with some notable exceptions, even King’s darkest stories seem to believe that good eventually wins.Elevation puts that bleeding heart front and center. It’s a parable in response to Here's the thing about Stephen King a lot of people don't get. At the center of most—not all, but most—of his books is a gushing, bleeding heart that believes in the decency of humans and their capacity to love. Admittedly, this is usually buried under supernatural terror, gore, and depravity. But it’s there. And, with some notable exceptions, even King’s darkest stories seem to believe that good eventually wins.Elevation puts that bleeding heart front and center. It’s a parable in response to our divided, Trumpian times. It’s a call for unity, understanding, and neighborly kindness. Anyone who follows King on Twitter knows his feelings about Trump and associated Republicans (he doesn’t like them), and the themes in Elevation are no mystery. It’s unsubtle, kind of mushy, a little weird, and utterly charming. Beyond politics, Elevation is simply about taking a step back, enjoying your surroundings, and appreciating the life you have. Even if you, like protagonist Scott Carey, have a strange weight loss affliction that doesn’t change your physical appearance and could possibly end with you floating off into the atmosphere like a party balloon. I love a door stopping Stephen King novel as much as the next Constant Reader, but he also slays within this novella/short novel length. Elevation is hopefully another showcase of how King transcends his genre trappings. He's never shied away from the world's many horrors, but I still think it's unfair to pigeonhole King as a horror writer. For further evidence, see "Laurie," the bonus short story with this book.Early review for AudioFile Magazine here!
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  • deep
    January 1, 1970
    PW Starred: In this surprisingly sweet and quietly melancholy short novel, King (The Outsider) weaves an eerie, charming tale of the ways that strange circumstances can bring people together. Scott Carey is losing weight, but not mass, and there’s no scientific explanation for it. Scales register him as lighter and lighter, though his body remains as potbellied as ever, and the effect is constant regardless of what he’s wearing or holding. Shaken by his untreatable, supernatural ailment, Scott b PW Starred: In this surprisingly sweet and quietly melancholy short novel, King (The Outsider) weaves an eerie, charming tale of the ways that strange circumstances can bring people together. Scott Carey is losing weight, but not mass, and there’s no scientific explanation for it. Scales register him as lighter and lighter, though his body remains as potbellied as ever, and the effect is constant regardless of what he’s wearing or holding. Shaken by his untreatable, supernatural ailment, Scott begins to notice the world around him—and particularly becomes aware of the nasty prejudice that other residents of Castle Rock, Maine, are inflicting on his lesbian neighbors, Deirdre and Missy. He sets out to fix the injustice ailing their small town, and maybe make some friends along the way. This is a lilting ode to the ineffable power that crises hold to change and mold those involved into something new. King’s tender story is perfect for any fan of small towns, magic, and the joys and challenges of doing the right thing. Agent: Chuck Verrill, Darhansoff & Verrill. (Nov.)
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  • douglas poisson
    January 1, 1970
    Was very well written and the town is a perfect Maine town all the characters are so real I am from Livermore falls and had also lived in Lewiston and auburnLoved the book
  • Ayushi
    January 1, 1970
    Aaaaahhh a new Castle Rock book!
  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent story!
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