We're All In This Together: A Novella and Stories [NOOK Book]


The stories in this collection, along with Owen King's brilliant title novella set in Maine after the 2000 election, carry the weight of real emotion and revelation and showcase the impressive versatility of a rising talent.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
We're All In This Together: A Novella and Stories

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$9.99 List Price


The stories in this collection, along with Owen King's brilliant title novella set in Maine after the 2000 election, carry the weight of real emotion and revelation and showcase the impressive versatility of a rising talent.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Andrew Ervin
King possesses a rare understanding of the macabre side of our workaday lives. He may one day take over the family franchise from his father, Stephen King, but We're All in This Together has enough moments of crystalline insight into human folly to prove he's finding a voice and an artistic sensibility all his own.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
From the 26-year-old scion of literary giant Stephen King comes a compelling, imaginative debut collection of four short stories both creepy and heartfelt, plus a compassionate novella about a 15-year-old son of a single mother. Set in Maine around the 2000 election, the title novella captures the teenage narrator's anger over his mother's impending marriage to Dr. Vic, while his family, led by a union organizer grandfather, seethes over Bush's election. George lays siege to his mother's relationship and helps his grandfather build a sniper's nest from which to attack the paperboy who defaces the old man's "Al Gore is the Real President" sign. Freaks and weirdos-external symptoms of his protagonists' inner struggles-people King's shorter stories, which strive to balance the lurid with a reach for emotional truth. In "Wonders," about a baseball player who takes his pregnant girlfriend to a Coney Island circus freak abortionist, the macabre and the heartfelt feel discordant, and the story ends with unearned violence. But in "Frozen Animals," King achieves a surreal blend of gory, vivid description of unanesthetized dental surgery layered with the drug-addicted dentist's intermittent memories of a happier past. This original collection heralds the arrival of the next generation. Agent, Amy Williams. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The title novella of King's first collection is its heart and soul: a powerful exploration of the flimsiness of political moral certainty compared to the strength of the unpredictable emotions that end up motivating individuals' actions. King sets his elegiac novella within a Maine family of idealists who, in the year 2000, have difficulty dealing with human imperfection. Resenting the well-meaning doctor to whom his mother Emma, an abortion clinic nurse, has become engaged, 15-year-old George hangs out with his recently widowed grandfather Henry, a retired labor organizer. Someone has vandalized the anti-Bush/pro-Gore sign Henry has put up in his yard; he suspects the ROTC cadet who was his newsboy until Henry had him fired for stealing the Sunday travel section. Now Henry plots paintball revenge. Meanwhile, George stops talking to his mother and rejects all friendly overtures from Dr. Vic. But when Emma threatens to leave Dr. Vic after Henry uncovers a donation the apolitical doctor made, under professional duress, to the Bush campaign, George begins to recognize that life isn't as clear-cut as he thought. The novella pitches readers a barrage of emotional and philosophical curveballs as the characters-all likable, however flawed-are forced to discard their most prized assumptions. The four remaining stories, unfortunately, don't live up to the novella. "Frozen Animals" is an ugly story about a dentist-somewhere in a northern wilderness-whose payment for treating a trapper's wife is sex. "Wonders," about a minor-league baseball team in the 1930s, shows the malleability of hate, while in "Snake," the unhappy teenaged boy who's a pale version of George never comes into real focus. "MySecond Wife," about the road trip a man takes after his wife leaves him, never pulls together, though it plays with interesting notions. The novella, though, like all great storytelling, has real strength. Newcomer King (son of Stephen, not that it matters) is a talent to watch.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596918337
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,246,996
  • File size: 718 KB

Meet the Author

Owen King grew up in Bangor, Maine. He is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and his stories have appeared in Book Magazine and the Bellingham Review. He currently resides in Brooklyn.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

We're all in this together 1
Frozen animals 137
Wonders 157
Snake 179
My second wife 199
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    I like stories with endings, good or bad.

    I gave Owen the benefit of the doubt because of his father but I will probably not do that again. I have a need for a good story but I like my stories to have a beginning, a middle and an ending. In reading the short stories I felt something missing, like an ending. In Frozen Animals I read the last line and flip the page for the next chapter and there was not one. Maybe I am just different from most readers but I like stories to have some sort of ending. I do not like to have to work at reading. I do it to get away not to have to think about how it would have ended. Then I thought well maybe Owen is going to write another book with all of the endings! Sorry but not good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 23, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    The next generation of King

    Owen King has proven that he takes after his daddy (Stephen - who else?) with this collection of four short stories and a novella. <BR/><BR/>He has definitely inherited his father's style, while at the same time proving that he's his own man when it comes to subject matter - there's not a hint of horror in any of the stories in this little volume, although the people he writes about are, like in his father's stories, a tad on the weird side. <BR/><BR/>The quality of these tales does vary, however. None of them are bad, but the short stories pale beside the novella (the title piece). This story gives me goosebumps, because it's in this one that Owen sounds so much like his father. And that's not altogether a bad thing, considering that as I said before, there is no element of horror in any of Owen's stories. One has to wonder just what Stephen could do with some of these pieces. <BR/><BR/>If this is any indication of his talent, I'd say that Stephen has a worthy successor when he deems it time to hang up his word processor.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    an exceptional collection from a formidable new talent

    Owen King¿s debut collection, We¿re All in This Together, reveals an expert craftsman at work, a brilliant storyteller whose creations never strike a false note and never fail to surprise. The eponymous novella, set in the wake of the fateful 2000 presidential election, is told in the pitch-perfect voice of an adolescent coming uneasily of age in Maine. Carefully balancing pathos and humor, King tells of the dissolution and attempted restoration of the young narrator¿s family on the one hand and the attenuated but ultimately salvageable ideals of the community and its most high-minded exponents on the other. In the four short stories that follow, which take in everything from a baseball team representing Coney Island in fullest, oddest flower to an itinerant dentist whose snowbound trek to treat a patient requires as much mettle as the ghastly extraction he must perform, King¿s creative vision and his perfect empathy for the characters whose fallibilities and grace render their stories worth the telling are on full display. We¿re All in This Together is a remarkable collection which rewards with every turn of the page and resounds with an emotional authenticity able to make the most callous heart or the most deadened tooth ache.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005

    A subtle, compelling read

    The overarching theme of 'We're All In This Together,' the main novella in Owen King's debut collection, is that people are insane. Left, right, conservative, liberal - they're all nuts. They also all (well, almost all) believe that they're doing the right thing, but as King so astutely points out, well-intentioned crazy is still crazy. The novella is not just a gripping, touching and hilarious story it's an important one, particularly in today's perspective- free political climate. This book also takes a vast view of literary possibility. Every story is different, but King always demonstrates a keen eye for details both absurd and heart-rending while never managing to lose sight of his stories' vital emotional core. Even 'My Second Wife' - a bit of sublime absurdity that starts with a parade and ends with an anorexic emu - touches on a serious place, a place full of love and loss and the power of human connection. These stories (like 'Wonders,' a Tim Powers-esque freakshow with a horribly beautiful edge, and 'Frozen Animals,' which seems to have been written in Jack London's darkest place) are full of sharp, tight images and observations that stay with you long after the covers are closed. Owen King is that rarest of all writers: a gifted storyteller with a true insight into human nature. As for the reviewer who complained about the stories not having 'endings' - well, not all endings are accompanied by soaring strings and heartfelt explications of universal emotional motives. In fact, in fiction, the best endings can be those which are subtle and compelling, and these are the endings that Owen King gives us.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)