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 grand dame sans merci and Dolore'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 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.
About the Author
Few authors have tapped into our secret fears as adeptly as Stephen King, Master of the Macabre and one of the most widely read novelists writing today. With his trademark blend of fantasy, horror, and psychological suspense, this prolific and immensely popular contemporary writer continues to remind us that evil is still a potent force in the world.
"An unforgettable, unflinching glimpse into a mind driven to murder."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "Extraordinarily vivid...an impressive tour de force, a sensitive character study that holds the reader rapt."--"Playboy" "Powerful...startlingly good."--"Time" "A literary triumph. The finest of King novels...a plot of enormous energy...Read this book."--"Milwaukee Journal" "A daring performance...spooky...Dolores's voice rings true throughout."--"The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.0 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.18