Elevation. Finished 8-3-19, 3/5, fiction, pub. 2018
Unabridged audio read by Stephen King. 3 hours 46 minutes
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 Goodreads
I was engaged in this feel good story, but the failure at the end for true resolution left me feeling ambivalent about it. I have no idea how this was named Best Horror in the Goodreads poll last year. I suppose people saw the name Stephen King and nominated and voted accordingly, but there was not one sentence of horror in this one. Just an interesting idea, some good people, and hope that everyone can get along.