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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
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982102319
Characteristics: 146 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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May 06, 2020

A good read.

Jan 24, 2020

Great book - reinforces that King is a great author and not only from the Horror genre. This little novel is far from horror and uplifting story.

Jan 04, 2020

Whimsical, gentle fable that you'll remember.

Stephen King is best known as a master of horror and suspense.
But he's also a man with a great humanistic heart.

He let his heart rule his head when he wrote this one.
You'll likely be glad he did.

Nov 18, 2019

This was a wonderful feel good story. It is a short story offering a small glimpse into life in a small town. If you are looking for a short feel good story this is the one for you. (No it is not a horror)

Nov 12, 2019

Had to set the 50-page rule on this one, just couldn't find King's groove on this story. Oh well, he'll write more.

Sep 24, 2019

I've tried Stephen King long time ago and could not get into horror as a genre. That being said, Elevation is such a lovely, hmmm . . . uplifting departure! King's writing style is tight and beautifully literary in this short work. Like Hemingway, King does not waste words in Elevation, but every word is beautifully placed, and characters are well crafted, and plot developed to support a strong theme. Some might think it's trite just because it's short, but I found it pretty profound.

As one previous reviewer stated, it's one I too would want in my permanent collection.

jm522 Aug 15, 2019

Not typically my kind of read, but something drew me to this book. In 146 pages, The King, has changed me! I want to buy this book and leave it at bus stops and restaurants so lucky people will find it and enjoy one of the best reads I have ever experienced. This book will be on my shelves forever and although I am generally not a person who reads a book more than once, I will read this again and again...grab it for yourself, give it a chance. I'll be surprised if you regret it. Happy reading my friends!

Jun 30, 2019

A pretty good short King read. Although I could of done without his political views.

Jun 09, 2019

I got far enough into it to realize that King's politics, not the story, were going to be the focus of the book and returned it. I read fiction to escape, not to be preached to, whether or not I agree with what's being preached.

May 17, 2019

4 stars. This was a short and quick read. Scott has a problem. On the outside, he's the same overweight guy, but when he goes to weigh himself, he's losing weight, quickly. His friend Doctor Bob Ellis can't figure out what's wrong with him, but Scott won't go for tests. Scott has a couple of new neighbours who he got off on the wrong foot with and keeps on getting it wrong when he tries to make it right. The Thanksgiving Fun Run gives Scott the chance to show his new energy and to try to make up to the two ladies, as one of the gals is a great runner. I thought this was a light and interesting read and I loved how it ended. King's books are always interesting and this was no exception. A good read.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 17, 2019

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

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 17, 2019

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


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