Book Review: Elevation by Stephen King

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Author: Stephen King

Print Length: 161 pages

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

ISBN: 9781473691520

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Literary fiction

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Source: I borrowed this book from the local library


Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

My Thoughts

A married lesbian couple moves to town and opens a restaurant. They struggle with the stigma that the townspeople have of them. That stigma causes struggles in keeping the restaurant afloat. Scott, a neighbor of the ladies, is also struggling with a phenomenon where he’s losing weight quickly yet his body remains the same. The unlikely trio, despite their previous disagreements, becomes friends and help each other with their struggles.

This isn’t a typical book written by Stephen King. It doesn’t have any blood or gore.  But, it does have characters that are insightful, brave and seek out unity and tolerance.

This was a great quick read. There was room to expand on this story more if King wanted to. But nothing felt as if it was missing even though it was so short.


“Gravity is the anchor that pulls us down into our graves.”



About the Author

Author Stephen KingStephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy, Revival, and Doctor Sleep. 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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