It's October and what better way to celebrate this spooktacular month than by diving into something by the master of scary, Stephen King! King has received many awards and nominations over the years including multiple Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards as well as the National Medal of Arts, Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the O. Henry Award. He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his entire oeuvre, such as the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2004), the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America (2007).
This month, we've selected Joyland, a story set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973. The novel follows college student Devin Jones who takes a summer job at Joyland, hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he winds up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life—and what comes after—that will change his world forever.
A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old—and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time--Joyland is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all the emotional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, Joyland is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled reader profoundly moved.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of October. You can also get the audiobook from our partner, Libro.fm! Click here to get yours!
Reviews & Interviews
"High Pulp: Stephen King's "Joyland" -- LA Review of Books
"Joyland by Stephen King" -- The Guardian
"Stephen King on Growing Up, Believing in God and Getting Scared" -- NPR
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on October 31st at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
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