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First line :
What did you ask, Andy Bissette?

Notes :
Unlike the majority of King's works, this novel contains very few supernatural elements. Those that do exist attempt to create a connection to King's previous novel, Gerald's Game. Some readers think that the book would have been better without this connection: It is not very important, and it is also never explained so people that have not read Gerald's Game are left in the dark. Later editions of the novel have a foreword that explains the connection.

Places :
Derry, Maine
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Quotes :
  • "Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold on to."

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  • Written : October 1989 February 1992
  • Dolores Claiborne takes place in Derry, Maine...
  • Dolores Claiborne is an ambitious novel with enough energy and freshness to be considered a masterpeice among King's wide canon...
  • Synopsis :
    Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her violent husband, disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of Joe Claiborne thirty years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera's physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become emotionally demanding in recent years.

    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.


    Viking 1993.

    "First published in 1993 by Viking Penguin" on copyright page.
    "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

    25,000 first print.
    Dust Jacket price: $23.50


    New English Library 1993.
    307 pages.
    ISBN 0 450 58886 6.
    On Copyright Page: 10 9

    Copyright Stephen King, 1992.

    Cover illustration: Steve Crisp
    Fiction: Horror


    For my mother, Ruth Pillsbury King


    - No breakdown - Dolores tells the story of her life -


    Now a major film
    from Castle Rock Entertainment

    Starring KATHY BATES,

    Dolores claiborne has a story to tell.
    But not quite what the police had expected.
    Dolores Claiborne has a confession
    to make...
    She will take her time. Won't be hurried.
    Will do it her way, sparing neither details nor
    feelings. Hers or anyone else's.
    This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing
    but the truth. Truth that takes you to the edge of darkness.
    Dolores Claiborne has a story to tell and
    you'd better pay attention - or else...

    'a svelte and compelling masterpiece'
    Sunday Telegraph


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