A stunning new novel from one of the bestselling 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.A stunning new novel from one of the bestselling 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.Read Less
Stephen King's "Joyland" may not be what you might expect from him. This is a sometimes sweet coming of age story, losing one love and gaining another. There are elements of mystery and a bit of the macabre. I look forward to reading this one again.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-07-29 Michael Kelly begins his rendition of King's engaging short novel sounding pleasantly satisfied, if wistful, with just a twinge of regret-precisely the mood of Devin Jones, the book's protagonist. Now in his 60s, Devin recalls the details of how he spent 1973, working as a "Happy Helper" at Joyland, a slightly seedy North Carolina amusement park where, several years before his arrival, a young girl was murdered on a ride called Horror House. Kelly follows King's lead in fashioning a proper voice for each and every character, creating a delightfully unpretentious and winning listening experience. With this performance, it seems as if Kelly is himself responding to the advice given to new carnival employees by the sweetly paternal Joyland director, Bradley Easterbrook: "Remember," the old man tells them, "you're here to sell fun." A Hard Case paperback. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-04-08 A haunted carnival funhouse gives a supernatural spin to events in Thriller Award-winner King's period murder mystery with a heart. In the summer of 1973, 21-year-old college student Devin Jones takes a job at Joyland, a North Carolina amusement park. Almost immediately, a boardwalk fortune-teller warns that Devin has "a shadow" over him, and that his destiny is intertwined with that of terminally ill Mike Ross, a 10-year-old boy who has "the sight." Shortly after Devin meets Mike, Mike makes a cryptic comment: "It's not white." This proves a vital clue when Devin begins investigating an unsolved murder committed four years before at the carnival's Horror House, and quickly stumbles into more than he bargained for. King (The Colorado Kid) brings his usual finesse to this tale's mystery elements, and makes Dev's handling of them crucial to the novel's bigger coming-of-age story, in which Dev adapts to the carny life and finds true romance. Agent: Chuck Verrill, Darhansoff & Verrill. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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