Dolores Claiborne [NOOK Book]

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The inspiration for the film starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Folks on Little Tall Island have been waiting 30 years to find out what happened the day Dolores Claiborne's husband Joe died--but the police want to know what happened yesterday, when Dolores's long-time employer died suddenly in her care. Features a brand-new foreword by the author.

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Overview

The inspiration for the film starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Folks on Little Tall Island have been waiting 30 years to find out what happened the day Dolores Claiborne's husband Joe died--but the police want to know what happened yesterday, when Dolores's long-time employer died suddenly in her care. Features a brand-new foreword by the author.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
Among King's best...An unforgettable, unflinching glimpse into a mind driven to murder.
Time
Powerful...Startlingly good.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Described by the publisher as a companion piece to King's last book, Gerald's Game , this new novel surpasses it in every way, and shows that King, even without the trappings of horror and suspense, is a magnificent storyteller whose greatest strength has always been characterization. His sterling title character this time out is a Maine woman in her 60s who made a living as a housekeeper and now is under suspicion in the death of her senile employer, Vera Donovan, who fell down a flight of stairs. Did Dolores push her? Responding to the charges against her, Dolores recounts her life in a tightly woven narrative that is beguiling and touching at the appropriate moments. The friendship between these two lonely women ``livin' on a little chunk of rock off the Maine coast'' was the anchor of both their lives, and it soon becomes clear that Dolores didn't kill Vera. But she freely acknowledges--30 years after the fact--that she did kill her husband, Joe, during a solar eclipse on July 20, 1963, ``my day for seein' eyes everywhere.'' Presenting Dolores's story in her own remarkable colloquial voice, King brings readers face to face with a goodhearted, lovable woman whose honesty is ultimately unforgettable. 1.5 million first printing; BOMC main selection. Dec.
Publishers Weekly

King's classic tale of murder and suspicion on Little Tall Island is certainly one of his finest to date, featuring one his most complex and compelling characters ever. With her smalltown tone and pitch perfect dialect, Frances Sternhagen delivers a remarkable reading that is at once intimate yet extroverted. Sternhagen's Claiborne is an everyday woman who has had it with her everyday life. With an unrelenting delivery that only gets better as the story moves forward, Sternhagen speaks from the heart and never sounds forced or manufactured. She also makes all the surrounding characters (from Dolores's damaged daughter to her steely boss and a suspicious detective) completely well-rounded and realistic. Sternhagen captures the very essence of what can turn a woman's heart to hate and lets her audience feel it in their bones. Recorded in 1992 (three years before the Kathy Bates motion picture), this is the recording's first release on CD. A Signet paperback. (Sept.)

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San Francisco Chronicle
Among King's best...An unforgettable, unflinching glimpse into a mind driven to murder.
Time
Powerful... Startlingly good.
Playboy
Extraordinarily vivid...an impressive tour de force, a sensitive character study that holds the reader rapt.
Library Journal
King again eschews supernatural horror, as he did recently in Gerald's Game , to study the equally monstrous things people can inflict on one another. The story, sparer than much of King's work, is a monolog by the title character, who is suspected of murdering her loutish, insensitive husband and the difficult, rich, and senile woman for whom she has kept house for many years. As Dolores tells her story to the local authorities, the details of a life of drudgery and marital unhappiness emerge, along with the ironic truth behind the deaths. In theme, style, and setting a companion piece to Gerald's Game , this new work is a quietly terrifying tale of desperation, abuse, and revenge that showcases King's talent as a powerful storyteller. Certain to be a best seller, it should appeal to a wide audience. For all popular fiction collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/92.-- Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.
Ray Olson
Like "Gerald's Game" , King's second novel this year is short by his standards, isn't concerned with supernatural horrors, and takes place mostly on one October day and, in flashback, on July 20, 1963, when a total eclipse of the sun laid a diagonal band of darkness across central Maine. A further resemblance is that it also features a female protagonist, but while King wrote "Gerald's Game" with third-person omniscience, he offers "Delores Claiborne" in that tough old Mainer's voice as she tells the sheriff of Little Tall Island about two deaths she's been involved with. One, just the other day, is that of her wealthy, invalided employer, Vera Donovan, whom it's suspected she fatally pushed downstairs. The other, which happened during that long-ago eclipse, is that of her drunken, good-for-nothing husband, Joe St. George. She didn't kill Vera, but she did kill Joe, and as she fills us in on the hows and whys of both deaths, King secures his place in the highest echelon of contemporary American novelists. For cantankerous, profane, scatological, and fiercely maternal Delores is as vital and vivid a character as any in American fiction. Moreover, the death of her husband is as virtuosic an essay in grand guignol as King has ever written. King is well out of the slump that so many of the contributors to the recent mid-career assessment, "Reign of Fear" , seemed to think he was in. In fact, he's never been better.
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This story of a disintegrating marriage's molten core, told by a woman whose heart has turned murderous & vengeful, shows the ferocity of love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101138175
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 41,772
  • File size: 991 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen King

Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    I love Dolores Claiborne

    I think there is a little Dolores in every woman. What a great read! The characters are genuine and the story is poignant. Dolores Claiborne is a heroine. Sharp-tongued, sensible and hardworking, Dolores Claiborne exemplifies a spirit that lies within the heart of most mothers, daughters and wives.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    A testament to good-old story telling

    Dolores Claiborne is simply a fantastic piece of story telling. If you're looking for any crazy sci-fi stuff to give the story its legs, look elsewhere. The book is masterfully crafted around Dolores and her struggle to survive and keep her children safe. It is very character driven and King expertly unfolds the story in complete realism and makes the book breath with perfect dialect and Dolores's unique voice. If you are looking for a good character book, Dolores Claiborne is it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    One of the best books I've ever read!

    This book is fantastic. Stepen King is such a great writer, this book is undoubtedly one of his best. Get this book. You won't regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    Gripping and Powerful

    This story was a great read. I enjoyed it. Even though the story had a few moments of that it longered, but not in a boring nonsenses way. Really interesting from beginning to the end. I decided to read because I loved the movie so much and wanted to make some comparisons. Now I am glad that I read since the movie made so much changes. Please don't get me wrong folks but the film didn't due it's complete justice to the novel. Stephen King has done outstanding writting again. He created a great setting that fit the tale as most of his books that I've read. I adored the character Dolores. The way that she struggled with her family and troubles. Found her as wise,strong and a true mother. I admit that Cathy Bates delivered an excellent performance in the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    Solar Eclipse

    Absolutely brilliant! I so love the symbolism behind the solar eclipse. The sun is male energy and the moon is the woman's energy. At the moment that Dolores is rid of Joe and his control over her life, the moon blocks the sun. The female energy is now in control. Powerful!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001

    5 Stars to Dolores and Stephen.

    I enjoyed this story thoroughly because it talks of human will and vigor, how the human spirit cannot be put down, no matter how great the risks and consequences. A very well written novel by a great novelist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    Ayuh, this story is right as paint.

    Ayuh, this is not the typical King novel. Although there is much violence in the realm of domestic introduced via the title charactor, there is the diversion which leads us to the development of sort of a mentor figure of Dolores. The interaction between these figures bears much on the way Delores reacts to her own problems at home. It is important to keep this employer/employee relationship in mind while reading. Another interesting aspect of the story is that it's told in 'first person.' Dolores narates her life in her words which adds texture to the account of the events in her life that lead up to present day. The author's infatuation with human feces was a little disturbing and I thought unnecessary. Delores was a likable and strong charactor who held my interest. She was contrasted by the evil exhibited by her husband. Delores had acted in self-preservation in order to keep her sense of dignity. This is not a neat or pretty novel and yet the reader may find it to be just in the end. How would the reader react in such a situation? This question creeps into her consciousness as she reads. We are prompted many times to question our own moral fiber in this manner. Would we have reacted that different from Dolores? The only way to find out is by reading the book yourself and coming to your own conclusions. solo.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Once again Mr. King demonstrates his inate ability to determine

    Once again Mr. King demonstrates his inate ability to determine and describe just what 'makes us tick'. Not unlike his work in Pet Sematary, wherein he allowed us to experience a father's angst and the lengths to which a parent will go to make things right. In my humble opinion, there are a handful of artists who can put the brush to paper like Stephen King when painting the brightest brights and the darkest darks of the human spirit. Long live the King of the written word! I'm a lifelong fan, sir! Just keep 'em coming, because brilliance never goes out of style......

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    I give this book and movie 5 stars because 10 wasn't available.

    I give this book and movie 5 stars because 10 wasn't available. Extraordinary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Wow!

    This is one of the best books Ive ever read! Riviting, edge of your seat suspense and mystery. Page after page leaves you on edge!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Good book...worth the read

    This was an alright book that had a bit of a confusing plot...it was also extremely crude in some places. You would probably only want mature readers here, and by that I don't mean 17+, it's just to show that there may be sone uncomfortable parts in here, definetly no one under 13. Either way, good book and very genuine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Loved loved loved

    A fantastic fiction that thrusts you into a place where the ultimate crime seems justified

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    You want to hate the main character but you end up being on her

    You want to hate the main character but you end up being on her side. This is a very good twist and you will find yourself getting angry with the character and saying wow this is something else! I read the book after the movie. Both are very good.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Great Book

    At first I didn't think I would like reading a book that only one person was talking. It turned out that I could see the conversations that Delores was having with the people she was talking about. I've never seen the movie, but I know that Kathy Bates was the perfect person to play the part.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Such a fun read loved the strong women jeanne thomas

    Recommend highly

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Great story

    I read this book in just a couple days, I just couldnt put it down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    excellent

    very good...couldnt put down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2010

    Great Read

    This was a great book. It grabbed my attention at the beginning and didn't let go until the last word. It's not like King's usual stuff except for the fact that it was well written and kept me wanting more. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys suspense.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    An interesting read.

    I am always delighted when I start to read a Stephen King book, because King is not only a gifted and haunting writer, but he is not afraid to try different techinques. Dolores Claiborne is written entirely from the point of view of the main character. It is an interview where you only hear one side of the conversation, completely immersing the reader in Dolores' world. King always weaves his stories with a good mix of horror, emotion, thoughfulness, and love. It feels as though his characters are not written, but truly real flesh and blood. I could not put this book down and finished it in a day and a half. A good and interesting read, Stephen King does not disappoint with Dolores Caliborne.

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