Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone from decades past, someone who shouldn’t be at the ballgame, shouldn’t be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers’s past, all of them occupying that seat behind home plate. Until one day Dean Evers sees someone even eerier….
In 1944, the big top of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford caught fire during the middle of an afternoon performance. Nine thousand people were inside. In seconds, the big top was burning out of control. The toll of the fire, and its circumstances, haunt Hartford to the present day. But it is the intense, detailed narrative - before, after, and especially during the panic under the burning tent - that will remain with listeners long after they finish this book.
"Harrowing and brilliantly detailed"
Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange e-mails. They would write about the games. And, as it happened, they would witness not only the greatest comeback ever in sports, but the first Red Sox championship in 86 years as the team put '86 behind them and eighty-sixed the Curse.
"King hits another home run"
In 1937 F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December of 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald's life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O'Nan's gorgeously and gracefully written novel.
"An engrossing listen"
A sequel to the best-selling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, Stewart O'Nan's intimate new novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of vists by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's days change.
"Examination of a mundane existence"
Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers, and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With only four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties.
"Very good novella"
From master storyteller Stewart O'Nan comes a timely moral thriller about the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after the Second World War. In 1945, with no homes to return to, Jewish refugees set out for Palestine by the tens of thousands. Those who made it were hunted as illegals by the British mandatory authorities there and relied on the underground to shelter them; taking fake names, they blended with the population, joining the wildly different factions fighting for the independence of Israel.
At midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three who died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.
On a winter night in upstate New York, two men break into a house they believe is empty. It isn't, and within minutes an old woman is dead and the house is in flames. Across the county, a phone rings in a darkened bedroom, waking a pregnant woman. It's her husband. He wants her to know that he and his friend have gotten themselves into a little trouble. So Patty Dickerson's old life ends and a strange new one begins.
"The Good Wife BLOWS, Chunks!"
El viudo Dean Evers se pasa las tardes frente al televisor viendo un partido de béisbol tras otro. Un día empieza a reconocer rostros de personas de su pasado entre las gradas. Hasta que un día aparece la más terrorífica de todas...Desde la muerte de su mujer, Dean Evers se pasa las tardes apoltronado en el sofá viendo partidos de béisbol. Durante una de estas tardes solitarias, mientras mira un partido de los Devil Rays contra los Mariners, la visión de una figura entre las gradas lo saca de su letargo.
Valentine's weekend, Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland suburb for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings account and book a bridal suite at the Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon.
"Kind of Meh"
It was the summer of her Chevette, of J.P. and letting her hair grow. It was also the summer when, without warning, popular high school student Kim Larsen disappeared from her small midwestern town. Her loving parents, her introverted sister, her friends and boyfriend must now do everything they can to find her. As desperate search parties give way to pleading television appearances, and private investigations yield to personal revelations, we see one town's intimate struggle to maintain hope.
"Long...Drawn Out and Boring!"
Arthur Parkinson is 14 during the dreary winter of 1974, experiencing the confusing pangs of adolescence and the pain of his parents' divorce. His world is shattered further by the sudden and violent death of Annie Marchand, his beloved former babysitter.
Depuis la mort de sa femme, Dean Evers trompe l'ennui de ses vieux jours devant les matchs de baseball à la télévision. Quand soudain, dans les gradins, il découvre au cœur de la foule un visage surgi du passé. Quelqu'un qui ne devrait pas être là, au stade... ni même parmi les vivants. Soir après soir, Dean se laisse hypnotiser par les visages de ceux qu'il n'espérait - ou ne voulait - plus voir. Mais le pire est à venir.
Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. His adopted Florida baseball team, the Rays, is going strong. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone he knows from decades past, someone who shouldn't be at the ballgame, shouldn't even be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers's past, people he has wronged, all of them behind home plate.
"A good basic SK story"
Nach dem Tod seiner Frau ist Dean Evers nach Florida gezogen. Gut geht es ihm nicht, er nimmt Tabletten und trinkt zu viel. Eines Abends, als er mal wieder einsam Baseball schaut, sieht er im Publikum seinen alten Zahnarzt sitzen. Der Mann ist seit Jahren tot. Eine Halluzination? Spiel für Spiel tauchen weitere alte Bekannte auf dem Bildschirm auf, denen Dean irgendwann im Leben übel mitgespielt hat. Bis er in den Rängen ein Gesicht entdeckt, das dort noch weniger hinzugehören scheint als alle anderen.