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Joylandby Stephen King
Joyland is the perfect Stephen King book for those who aren't as into his regular horror and gore style but still want to be spooked. In Joyland, we follow the life of a college student working at an amusement park with a troublesome past and rumors circulating about a haunted ride. The spookier parts of the story are sprinkled tastefully throughout the book and it doesn't rely on a large shock factor. I recommend this book to those who enjoy speculating who the culprit is and aren't as concerned with being on the edge of their seat throughout the book. Another great read by one of the times' greatest authors.
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A STUNNING NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME!
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
"This one’s a must for King fans and may also attract YA readers." Library Journal
"[P]eriod murder mystery with a heart...King brings his usual finesse to this tale’s mystery elements." Publishers Weekly
“Undeniable…charm [and] aching nostalgia…[Joyland] reads like a heartfelt memoir and might be King’s gentlest book, a canny channeling of the inner peace one can find within outer tumult.” Booklist
"Wrapped in a gloriously pulpy cover, Joyland is a coming-of-age story set in 1973 at a North Carolina amusement park — creepy! — that's haunted by a murderer." Time Magazine
"Stephen King's carny-saturated Joyland evokes the ghosts of summers past — literally." New York Magazine
“King's latest thriller, a PG-13 pulp paperback crime novel takes place at a remote carny park where college kid Devin is desperate to see the ghost of a girl whose murderer might still be lurking around the hot dog stands.” Cosmopolitan Magazine
About the Author
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.
Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.
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