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A Face in the Crowd (Kindle Single) by [King, Stephen, O'Nan, Stewart]
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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

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—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. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and 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

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. 


Product Details

  • File Size: 1770 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (August 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QYQTUW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Miss Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I really enjoy the way King writes. I could read about gardening if he wrote it. And enjoy it. I also love baseball, so I was predisposed to like this book much more than I did.

This story had an interesting idea that just didn't deliver for me. Sort of like when the rain hits in the 5th inning and leaves you looking out at the empty field. You love it at the park, but today the game just didn't happen. Not a memorable novella at all. Read "Throttle" instead. That one was the literary equivalent of a walk off home run to win the game in the 9th.
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