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December Book of the Month...

Updated on: Dec 1, 2008 @ 11:21:00 am

Just After Sunset by Stephen King

A suspenseful bathroom break at a Florida rest stop, a phone call from the after-life, and a boring exercise routine turned horrific are just a few things to look forward to in Stephen King’s latest collection of short stories titled Just After Sunset. In this latest release, King again takes the mundane situations in life and pushes them just beyond reality.

Sometimes objects appear from nowhere, such as when Scott of “The Things They Left Behind” finds a conch shell, a pair of sunglasses, and other surprises in his apartment. They belonged to his coworkers at Light and Bell, Insurers, who died in the September 11 tragedy. After a futile attempt to throw them away, Scott must figure out what to do with them.

“The Gingerbread Girl” describes the sticky situation Emily finds herself in as she’s duct-taped to a chair in the house of a madman. Her plans for escaping lead to a surprise ending, as does the story “N.” In this tale, a man develops an obsessive-compulsive disorder after visiting Ackerman’s Field in Maine. Unsure of his sanity, he hesitates in telling his story to a psychiatrist for fear of passing on his “infection.”  After reading this one, you may start double checking your door locks or avoiding odd numbers, such as the 13 short stories in this book.

If you need some entertainment for a plane ride or just want a break from reading textbooks, look for Just After Sunset in our Rosen Library Browsing Collection. Click into the Library Catalog to check availability or to place a hold. If you have any questions, please Ask a Rosen Librarian.

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