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Dolores Claiborne
by Stephen King

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More of a mystery than a horror novel, Dolores Claiborne contains only the briefest glances at the supernatural. The novel presents Stephen King as a writer experimenting with style and narrative, time and perspective. Fans looking for a skin-crawling, page-turning fright or an undead bloodbath will be disappointed, but a patient reader willing to savor King's leisurely study of character and island life will find many rewards. And all of this is not to say that the book is without suspense.

The story unfolds in one continuous chapter, told in the first person by the cranky, 65-year-old housekeeper, Dolores, who is explaining to police officers and a stenographer how and why she killed her husband, Joe, 30 years ago. At the same time, in her rambling monologue, she insists that she did not kill her longtime employer, Vera Donovan--notwithstanding what the residents of Little Tall Island may be whispering. Joe was a drinker, and, as Dolores gradually argues, he deserved to die for the horrifying crimes he committed against his family. But Vera, despite her cantankerous disposition as a lady governing her decaying estate with her precise rules about even the most mundane household chore ("Six pins! Remember to use six pins! Don't you let the wind blow my good sheets down to the corner of the yard!"), was a good woman--or at least not an evil one. She was the woman who hired the young Dolores and kept her on even after Dolores got pregnant again. Dolores cleaned and cared for her even as the old matron faded into senility.

Dolores Claiborne is a rich novel that recalls the regionalist writing of the turn of the century. It is a fine place for a skeptical newcomer--put off by King's reputation for outright terror--to start. And for fans, it is a book that offers new insights into an author who's an old favorite. 
--Patrick O'Kelley 

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By her own account she's an old Yankee bitch, Dolores Claiborne: foul temper, foul mouth, foul life.  Folks on Little Tall Island have been waiting thirty years to find out just what happened on the eerie dark day her husband, Joe, died -- the day of the total eclipse.  The police want to know what happened yesterday, when rich, bedridden Vera Donovan, the island's grande dame sans merci and Dolores's longtime employer, died suddenly in her care.

With no choice but to talk, Dolores Claiborne talks up a storm.   "Everything I did, I did for love," she says, and this spellbinding novel is at once her confession and her defense.  Given a voice as compelling as any in contemporary fiction, her story centers on a disintegrating marriage's molten core, where the mind's unblinking eye becomes huge with hate and a woman's heart turns murderous.   It unfolds the strange intimacy between Dolores and Vera, and the link that binds them.  It shows, finally, how fierce love can be, and how dreadful its consequences.   And how the soul, harrowed by the hardest life, can achieve a kind of grace.

But that is for the readers to judge.  They will come away with different verdicts for Dolores, perhaps.  But once taken inside the dark room of her life, lit by the brilliant intensity of Stephen King's storytelling, they will never forget her.

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