Don’t miss the thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King about what happens when the barrier between our world and that of the supernatural is breached...
No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...
A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle’s right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn’t survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a “geographic cure,” a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.
“Edgar, does anything make you happy?”
“I used to sketch.”
“Take it up again. You need hedges...hedges against the night.”
Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth’s past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.
The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory, and the nature of the supernatural—Stephen King gives us yet another novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.
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Fornit some forus in Florida
Only finished first hour, but the story has legs. If you are a fan of King, get it. If you enjoyed the most recent short story (about the treadmill/bike) this one is for you. If not stay away frushing freef! 8>
thank you Mr. King (even though Roland got screwed) 8>
Hail to the King
While much of what Stephen King has written in the second half of his career is overly long and formulaic (good characters in interesting story, followed by .. bam! something mystical happens), Duma Key marks a return to form for the maestro. This is one of King's best books, ever, and certainly his best of the past decade. Yes, there's the mystical element to it, of course, but it doesn't blindside you as it's integral to the story. As someone who literally grew up on King and has read virtually everything he's ever published, I'm ecstatic to see that he's still capable of this kind of writing. I haven't had this much trouble putting down a book in a long time: It's a true page turner, and I've found myself retreating to a favorite chair again and again so I could finish it. Fantastic book, highly recommended.
Stephen King is one of the best writers of all time! His ability to paint pictures with words is simply remarkable! And this is indeed the case in Duma Key! The story of Edgar who has survived a terrible accident and moves to Florida for a "change of scenery" contains quite an adventure as elaborate and evolved as the pictures Edgar begins painting at sunset. Stephen King has written yet another classic in an already long ling of brilliant novels! Great Job!