Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King
A Novel

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But perhaps it’s no accident that this epic feels so vital and fresh. Sleeping Beauties comes fuelled by a youthful vigour that King Sr hasn’t shown us in years – probably not since 2008’s Duma Key. He appeared to have lost interest, dozed off, when maybe all he required was his son’s intervention.
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Synopsis

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. 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 as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published September 26, 2017 by Scribner. 721 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sleeping Beauties
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 04 2017

A blood-splattered pleasure. It’s hard to say what the deeper message of the book is save that life goes on despite the intercession of supernatural weirdnesses—or, as one woman says, “I guess I really must not be dead, because I’m starving.”

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Good
Reviewed by Adriana Delgado on Oct 15 2017

Sleeping Beauties is a flawlessly written narrative of fascinating new possibilities and complicated characters who are much too three-dimensional to be completely likeable, in which even the simple-minded are difficult to warm up to.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 25 2017

What you may well come away thinking is: meh. For a book about resetting gender stereotypes, this one clings surprisingly tightly to them.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Sep 27 2017

There’s something for everyone here, from the visceral to the emotional to the cerebral. There are sinister machinations and heroic deeds. At any given moment, ["Sleeping Beauties"] might knock the wind out of you with a punch to the stomach … or it might bring a tear to your eye with a gentle, unanticipated breeze of love.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Xan Brooks on Sep 26 2017

But perhaps it’s no accident that this epic feels so vital and fresh. Sleeping Beauties comes fuelled by a youthful vigour that King Sr hasn’t shown us in years – probably not since 2008’s Duma Key. He appeared to have lost interest, dozed off, when maybe all he required was his son’s intervention.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Adriana Delgado on Oct 15 2017

Sleeping Beauties is a flawlessly written narrative of fascinating new possibilities and complicated characters who are much too three-dimensional to be completely likeable, in which even the simple-minded are difficult to warm up to. But it’s the transformation of their world and how they react to it that endears them to us...

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