A Face in the Crowd [NOOK Book]

Overview

The writing team that delivered the bestselling Faithful, about the 2004 Red Sox championship season, takes readers to the ballpark again, and to a world beyond, in an eBook original to be published on August 21, 2012.

Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a ...
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Overview

The writing team that delivered the bestselling Faithful, about the 2004 Red Sox championship season, takes readers to the ballpark again, and to a world beyond, in an eBook original to be published on August 21, 2012.

Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone from decades past, someone who shouldn’t be at the ballgame, shouldn’t be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers’s past, all of them occupying that seat behind home plate. Until one day Dean Evers sees someone even eerier….
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476713342
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 50
  • Sales rank: 8,703
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Stewart O'Nan
Stewart O’Nan’s award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and Emily, Alone. His most recent novel, The Odds, was hailed by The Boston Globe as “a gorgeous fable, a stunning meditation and a hope-filled Valentine.” Granta named him one of America’s Best Young Novelists. He was born and raised and lives in Pittsburgh. 
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. 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.

Biography

Stewart O'Nan grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, addicted to cartoons, horror comics, Tarzan, science fiction, movies, TV, and garage punk. He studied aerospace engineering at Boston University, where he developed more rarified tastes (Camus, Coltrane, and the Beats), along with a lifelong obsession with the Boston Red Sox. After graduation, he worked as a test engineer for Grumman Aerospace in Long Island, devoting every spare moment he could find to writing. Then, with the encouragement of his wife, he enrolled in Cornell University to pursue a master's degree.

By the time O'Nan had finished graduate school, a few of his short stories had begun to attract some attention. He moved his family west and taught at the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of New Mexico. Then, in 1993, he hit pay dirt when his short story collection, In the Walled City, won the Drue Heinz Prize for Short Fiction. A year later, his first novel, Snow Angels, was awarded a Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize. Since then, he has gone on to forge a distinguished literary career. A self-described "fiction-writing machine," the multi-award-winning O'Nan averages a book a year. In 1996, Granta named him one of the Twenty Best Young American Novelists.

Although critics try to shoehorn his fiction into the horror genre, O'Nan's writing is far too complex and nuanced to permit such blatant categorization. True, his stories are suffused with trauma and tragedy, and his characters react unpredictably to the stress of terrible events; but the violence in O'Nan's fiction owes as much to Flannery O'Connor as to Stephen King -- two authors he acknowledges as important influences.

In addition to his novels, the prolific O'Nan has written a nonfiction account of the notorious 1944 Hartford Circus Fire. He is also co-author with fellow Bo-Sox fan Stephen King of Faithful, a chronicle of the team's legendary 2004 season.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview, Stewart O'Nan shared some fun and fascinating facts about himself:

"Growing up, I delivered the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to David McCullough's, Annie Dillard's and Nathaniel Philbrick's houses. The Philbricks tipped you a dime to put it in their screen door."

"The first novels I read with rapt fascination were Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan series -- coverless, bought for a dime apiece at a Cub Scout rummage sale."

"Back in the early '80s, when I'd just begun to read seriously, I met Doris Lessing at the Kenmore Square Barnes & Noble before her very first game at Fenway Park. She seemed genuinely excited, and apprehensive, as if she might be asked to play."

"The library is still my favorite place in the world."

"I'd rather be reading than doing anything else, including writing."

"I'm an obsessive collector -- coins, books, records, baseball cards."

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    1. Also Known As:
      James Coltrane
    2. Hometown:
      Avon, CT
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 4, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pittsburgh, PA
    1. Education:
      B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Boston University, 1983; M.F.A., Cornell University, 1992
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Disappointed

    While the story was entertaining, and in classic King style, it would have been nice to know before I purchased it that the actual ebook was just 32 pages with the remaining pages being previews of two books I have already read. I love Stephen King's work, but in this case, I feel cheated. Even at $2, 32 pages is just not enough reading.

    31 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Eh

    This is a short story (and not a very intriguing one at that), followed by advertisements for future books. This should have been disclosed in the overview.

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    Stephen King has experimented with novella e-book-only releases

    Stephen King has experimented with novella e-book-only releases before,
    the first being Riding the Bullet in 2000, long before the medium had
    matured with the sophisticated e-book devices like Kindle, Nook or iPad.
    A Face in the Crowd (Simon and Schuster Digital, $1.99) is in the same
    vein, available in e-book (multiple formats) and audio book, but not in
    print. Not yet, anyway. King shares the credit of this short story with
    Stewart O’Nan, as he did in 2004 on Faithful, and I was pleased to see
    them collaborating again, this time on a baseball-related ghost story.
    King is one of the rare authors who can shift seamlessly between writing
    full length novels and short stories, and anytime I indulge in reading
    his work, I am richly rewarded with effortless, colorful prose and
    compelling characters doing something utterly fascinating. I’m less
    familiar with O’Nan, but did enjoy Faithful, about the Boston Red Sox.
    The story follows Dean Evers, an old, retired widower who's taken to
    watching baseball on lonely nights to distract himself from the absence
    of his wife, who died from a stroke a few months earlier. The games are
    supposed to be a diversion from his mind wandering back into memories he
    would rather not revisit, but they prove to be just the opposite. As he
    watches the games on TV, a cast of characters appears in the seat behind
    home plate--people Evers recognizes, people he thought he'd never see
    again. I found the story and the character of Dean Evers interesting
    enough and I loved the baseball lingo and references to familiar
    players. I was a bit surprised with the ending. Not because it was
    shocking, but because it was an average finale for such accomplished
    storytellers. I didn’t find the expected, classic King twist, but maybe
    my expectations were too high. The story stopped more than it ended;
    typical of the shorty story format, and while I didn’t find it a
    memorable read, it didn’t annoy me, either. This is a short story,
    clocking in at about 32 pages. They added excerpts of the upcoming
    novels, Blackhouse and Talisman, putting the total page count to 60, but
    they are only a few pages of much larger stories. If you like King’s
    style and you dig baseball, A Face in the Crowd is worth your while, but
    it’s not the best either of these talented wordsmiths is capable of.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Disappointed

    Bought this because it had the Tampa bay rays of which I am a fan. Story was super short, and was disappointed when I got halfway through the book and realized the second half was previews of other books. Not worth the $1.99

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Quick read

    This is only a short story with previews of two other books taking most of the content. It was a predictable story line filled with baseball references. The plot was average.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Well written, as always with Mr. King.

    This is a short story about an old man watching baseball on the T.V. Sounds boring....hardly. I really enjoyed this little story. I was hooked after the first few paragraphs. If you are a King fan, I believe you will enjoy it. Only Stephen King can make watching baseball on television creepy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Awesome as usual

    Half way thru the story now and completely absorbed. No one can make a character come to life like Mr. King can in less than one full page.

    Recommended highly.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    This book sucks!!! I don't know what happened to King, he used

    This book sucks!!! I don't know what happened to King, he used to write GREAT, now his books are really BORING!

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Not out today as promised

    Says out on August 21? Its almost 6am and still not in my library. How do i get a refund?

    2 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    not one of kings better stories

    was disappointed in the ending. i have read everything king has written and this is not one of his better stories. kind of predictable characters and story line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

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    A Twilight Zone type slice of fiction with a melancholy end

    I'll admit it. As much as I'm a huge fan of Stephen King AND the game baseball, I have never read his first collaboration with Stewart O'Nan, Faithful . . . and likely never will. It looks like an interesting read, but the Blue Jays fan inside me just will not allow me to indulge nearly 500 pages of Red Sox rhetoric. :)

    Fortunately, with A Face in the Crowd they have turned their attention away from the Sox, and away from the realm of fan-based non-fiction. Instead, they've written a short little Twilight Zone type slice of fiction about an elderly widower, banished by retirement (and his dearly departed wife) to the land of the Tampa Bay Rays.

    The concept here is pretty simple. Basically, each night, as he sits down to watch the game on TV, Dean Evers spots somebody from his past sitting in the same premium seat behind home plate. The problem is, each of them is well and truly dead, passed on before his time. The prospect of watching another game begins to fill him with dread, as each face brings back painful memories, but his efforts at mental distraction do nothing more than delay his viewing by a few innings. Where the story really begins to get interesting is when his phone rings . . . and the woman behind the plate motions for him to pick it up.

    It's a fun story, written with the baseball fan in mind, full of names and stats that definitely anchor it in the current season. Dean Evers is your typical King character, a nice guy with flaws, who is haunted by regrets and past indiscretions, but you do feel for him. There are 2 nice twists to the story - the phone call, plus one other - and an ending that's definitely a bit melancholy, but fitting.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Nice quick read for the King fan!

    Enjoyed the very short story. Somewhat predictable, but is a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Too short

    At 32 pages this is more like the beginning to a creepy book than a whole story, but was good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    When you have finished reading it will make you think.

    It was OK however I was expecting a little more. I was glad I didn't pay a lot for it. It does have a surprise ending. You may actually enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Austin

    "I'll be in bed, Beth!" He ran upstairs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Great Book!!!!! {Beth}

    "Boith?" She asked confused.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    J

    Care to sing in the boith?

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Low recommendation

    It was just an OK book, I hate it when I think I'm actually going to read a
    book and it turns out to be a short story! The story was too short to get a good read out of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Always look at the Product Details - it tells you how many pages

    Always look at the Product Details - it tells you how many pages the "book" is... this is NOT a book. 

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

    Creepy story.

    I recommend this book to anyone who likes Stephen King. I enjoyed it.

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