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A Face in the Crowd (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King , Stewart O'Nan
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)

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The writing team that delivered the bestselling Faithful, about the 2004 Red Sox championship season, takes readers to the ballpark again, and to a world beyond, in an eBook original to be published on August 21, 2012.

Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone from decades past, someone who shouldn’t be at the ballgame, shouldn’t be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers’s past, all of them occupying that seat behind home plate. Until one day Dean Evers sees someone even eerier….

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Stephen King has teamed up again with novelist Stewart O'Nan to write a piece of fiction that merges two of his greatest obsessions: baseball and ghost stories. In A Face in the Crowd, Dean Evers is an old widower who's taken to watching baseball on lonely nights to distract himself from the sudden absence of his wife, and the scene of her stroke replaying in his mind. These evenings are like solitary confinement for Evers, the worst of punishments in his eyes: "a beating had to stop, but a thought could go on and on." The games are supposed to be a diversion from this mania, but they prove to be just the opposite. In an eerie twist, Evers is forced to face just what he's been trying to avoid in the wake of his wife's death: his past. As Evers watches the game each night, a rotating cast of characters appears in the seat behind home plate--people Evers recognizes, people he thought he'd never see again. A Face in the Crowd is a modern-day A Christmas Carol, and Dean Evers is the perfect Ebenezer Scrooge, sour yet increasingly disturbed as he's taken on a tour of his shames and regrets. This tour begins in the plain light of realism, but ends in the surreal, taking Evers to the last place he--or the reader--expects. –-Simone Gorrindo

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Stewart O’Nan’s award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and Emily, Alone. His most recent novel, The Odds, was hailed by The Boston Globe as “a gorgeous fable, a stunning meditation and a hope-filled Valentine.” Granta named him one of America’s Best Young Novelists. He was born and raised and lives in Pittsburgh. 

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  • File Size: 2924 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (August 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QYQTUW
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist Morality Play August 22, 2012
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Stephen King has the ability of use the written word to paint a mind scene that will pull you to a place where you can see and smell and feel. You don't read his books so much as live in them. Stewart O'Nan is the master of the tight, understated Seinfeldian structure that can get you very interested in, well, almost nothing. Put these two together and magic happens.

Ok, this is a novella; It's short, succinct and to the point. It's about a man who leaves New England and his beloved Red Sox and moves to Florida, the land of the Devil Rays. The actual story takes place in just a couple of days but embraces the entire lifetime of Dean Evers as he watches baseball on TV and is haunted by Faces in the Crowd, faces of those he has wounded or who have injured him.

Young Dr. Young, his childhood dentist; Lennie Wheeler his business partner, Soupy Embree the kid he taunted in school, his departed wife who may have known more of his shenanigans than she let on. All of these faces stare at him from his television while he watches the ball game and eats his lonely meals. Do they offer some answers as to why he is now alone? That's for the reader to find out in this minimalist morality play that takes place while watching a baseball game on TV. Only in America. I liked this story, I liked it a lot.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ghostly Ball Game August 22, 2012
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For all the bad reviews, I really enjoyed this (very short) novella. While it only took up half the space it claimed, it was still a nice ghostly story.

What was causing ghosts to appear on Dean Evers new HDTV as watched his baseball games while relaxing in his new home in Florida? Doctors, old partners and even his wife were showing up in the best seat in the house.

Some people find this novella to be slow moving, but baseball is slow moving to some compared to football. I liked it. I liked the ending. It was definitely a creepy Stephen King ending.

Maybe it was a little pricy for such a short story, but do King fans really care? I don't.
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48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ball hit in the gap but he fell down rounding first August 21, 2012
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As you see in my title, this short story started out great(hit in the gap) but ended lousy(fell down rounding the bases). I said after the last King short story I was done, but my love for baseball mixed in with some of King's scareiness, I thought I couldnt go wrong. The story starts out great but just kind of stops with no sort of ending. I thought my kindle had messed up and not downloaded all of the story. Just dont understand the point of these stories that have no conclusion. For the record, I'm all for drawing my own conclusions with a story but King doesnt even give you enough to for a conclusion. With that said, for $1.99 its hard to say I wasted my money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average short story September 6, 2012
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A very short, short story for the Kindle about baseball and death. Well-written, but I feel like I've read it before. I detect King's style all over it, but can't find O'nan, except maybe for the baseball references.

Also, the story is only 50% of the content and the rest is a "preview" of Stephen King and Peter Straub's Black House -- kind of a weird thing to preview, as it was published in 2001.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it. September 16, 2012
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Too short and not worth reading. The story only takes about half of the space that was sent to my kindle. The rest is taken up with a sample of another King collaboration. I felt cheated and a bit angry. King is normally a much more engaging writer. The story felt like a reject from an old Twilight Zone show. Don't waste your time or money.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars much shorter than it should have been. August 26, 2012
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I very much enjoyed the story but when I finished I was left wanting more. The story itself is not a full 62 pages an I felt more than a little ripped off when it just abruptly ends. Especially since the next 30 pages of what I purchased are samples of books I read more than ten years ago. At least give me a sample of something new. I think that if the story seemed like it wrapped up well I wouldn't have been so bothered by the samples. Great story it just needed a better ending.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed and baffled September 12, 2012
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This seemed a teaser, good writing for the beginning of a novel, with no real ending. Did I get the product I ordered or simply a part of it? This isn't Stephen King calibre!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is just half the book September 19, 2012
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The story is very weak and short. Its only half the book. The last half is a preview of another book. Although it is a cheap book, I felt cheated by the authors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Read !
Published 5 days ago by michele kacir
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like baseball.....this short story is for you. Love the twist. Good read.
Published 7 days ago by Caroline Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great King
Really good! King mentions characters from the Gunslinger series and I just love that
Published 7 days ago by Barbara A. Goltz
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all his work
I love all his work, and I've read some of his novels more than once. As always, Mr King astonishes us with his imagination, his wonderful narrative and his excellent treatment of... Read more
Published 8 days ago by mariela
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story
One of King's good old scary stories. Makes you think, and it a typical old King page turner.
Published 9 days ago by Triple Moon Goddess Indiana
3.0 out of 5 stars Baseball and King fans alike will enjoy this, but not LOVE it
Baseball and King fans alike will enjoy this, but not LOVE it.

I bought the book because King is a favorite of mine and I would be able to get through this novella in no... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Nico Bohm
5.0 out of 5 stars good
good
Published 24 days ago by Linda tumminello
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the book
On on a Stephen King binge..loved the book. This one sort of O'Henry-ish.
Published 24 days ago by K. Heggestad
4.0 out of 5 stars great short story
The story is typical King, it is typical novella that he is known for. This one shows people that pass thru your life and the memories they leave
Published 1 month ago by Joe LaGanga
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Stephen King's Standard
As a fan of this,author, I was disappointed with this story.....an interesting premise and then an abrupt ending.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Swinson
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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