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Gwendy's Button Box
Gwendy's Button Box
Author: Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now. — There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy P...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781587676109
ISBN-10: 1587676109
Publication Date: 5/30/2017
Pages: 180
Edition: World's First Editio
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Pubns
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Twelve-year-old Gwendy is on a mission to lose weight. That's why she takes the Suicide Stairs up to Castle View every single summer day of 1974. One day while she's at the top catching her breath, a stranger calls out to her. This is how she meets Richard Farris, a man in black jeans, a black suit coat, a black hat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the collar. Farris has been watching Gwendy, and he has an offer for her that she can't refuse.

Readers quickly see that although Gwendy is young, she's not stupid, and for the next ten years of her life, we are able to observe how this young woman deals with being in possession of something that bestows great gifts, great temptations, and great responsibilities.

The collaboration between Stephen King and Richard Chizmar is seamless. Not only do we get another chapter in the saga of Castle Rock, Maine, we're given another unforgettable character in Gwendy. This cautionary tale never loses its momentum and was a pleasure to read from first page to last. If only it were longer!
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It's a very short book for King, more of a novella, and I read it in one sitting. Gwendy's old-as-the-hills tale is made fresh and engaging with a touch of science fiction, a frisson of horror, and just plain well-crafted writing that understands story structure intimately. Pacing is brisk, characterization is deft, and the authors exercise admirable restraint--they know just how much to detail, and how much to leave to the reader. And best of all, when the story ended, they stopped writing. Maybe there are more Gwendy stories to be told, but that's for other books. At the end of this wonderful little gem of a story, I was satisfied and impressed, and couldn't come up with anything I'd change.