Fairy Tale (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Fairy Tale (Large Print / Library Binding)

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During the Pandemic of the last few years, Stephen King decided to write a story that would make him happy. I want to sincerely thank him for spreading the joy—not just to the millions of fans who will pick up anything he produces, but also for enticing millions more to read him for the first time.
Fairy Tale is a perfect example of why Stephen King’s book On Writing is probably the most assigned writing guide for English and Creative Writing classes in high school and college: he knows how to tell a story. When he is at his best (and this book qualifies as one of his best), reading Stephen King is like sitting next to a stranger on a bus or a train or a park bench and having him lean over and say, “I want to tell you something. I’ve been waiting years to tell someone.” You’re a little scared about what’s going to happen, but something about him makes you nod your head.
Charlie Reade has a story to tell about his past. He’s not trying to excuse himself for any bad things he’s done, nor humble brag about that time he saved someone’s life. It’s just that something happened to him during a span of several months in his young life that he needs to tell us about it. And he needs to be honest about himself and everyone else in the story, because otherwise, it’s just another fairy tale.
— Karen B.

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher--for that world or ours.


Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself--and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.


Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.


King's storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy--and his dog--must lead the battle.

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Fairy Tale, Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Product Details ISBN: 9798885781589
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: September 28th, 2022
Language: English