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!
Be prepared to spend 1-2 hours and become lovingly immersed with the incredible life of Gwendy Peterson and her Button Box! When, How and Why she should use it was always in her thoughts.
This book grabbed me immediately, so sorry it was only a novella; I just loved this little book!
It was happy, sad and meaningful.
Stephen King is a genius!
Read this book.
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.
I liked this tale. Not scary but quite entertaining,