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The story unfolds in one continuous chapter, told in the first person by the cranky, 65-year-old housekeeper, Dolores, who is explaining to police officers and a stenographer how and why she killed her husband, Joe, 30 years ago. At the same time, in her rambling monologue, she insists that she did not kill her longtime employer, Vera Donovan--notwithstanding what the residents of Little Tall Island may be whispering. Joe was a drinker, and, as Dolores gradually argues, he deserved to die for the horrifying crimes he committed against his family. But Vera, despite her cantankerous disposition as a lady governing her decaying estate with her precise rules about even the most mundane household chore ("Six pins! Remember to use six pins! Don't you let the wind blow my good sheets down to the corner of the yard!"), was a good woman--or at least not an evil one. She was the woman who hired the young Dolores and kept her on even after Dolores got pregnant again. Dolores cleaned and cared for her even as the old matron faded into senility.
Dolores Claiborne is a rich novel that recalls the regionalist writing of the turn of the century. It is a fine place for a skeptical newcomer--put off by King's reputation for outright terror--to start. And for fans, it is a book that offers new insights into an author who's an old favorite. --Patrick O'Kelley
Very good. Couldn't put it down. Struggling with Gerald's Game, however.Published 17 days ago by Michael R. Wittlich
Loved the story line and the ending. SK. doesn't disappoint with his writing. It was interesting to narrate the story in the way he didPublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Such a good book... The movie brought these characters to life and made reading the book even better. I've read it a couple of times! Cathy Bates really brought Dolores to life! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tia M. Seay
An astoundingly accurate portrayal of what it is like to live with someone who sexually abuses your child as a concerned mother. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scarpenter
I couldn't put it down. Everything is told from Dolores Claiborne's point of view. I was afraid I might get tired of reading everything through her lens, her language, but she's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer Graves
This one has some rather adult themes, so reader beware. It is also one of King's books where the characters, especially the title character, are rough of speech. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CJ
This is one of my favorite authors and my favorite book & Movie. Great book but even better movie!!Published 3 months ago by Laura Drob