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 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Drunken Fireworks, Finders Keepers, Revival, Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63, adapted as a 2016 series on Hulu starring James Franco, 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. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2015 National Medal of Arts. 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.