Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King and Richard Chizmar – 2017 Cemetery Dance Publications, Maryland
Packed into this compact novella is a coming-of-age story about fate, destiny, and choice – themes Stephen King has explored in the past with similar sensitivity and outrageous aplomb (usually both at once). When twelve-year-old Gwendy meets a stranger who gives her an astonishing gift, her life – and the lives of others around her – change in irrecoverable ways. Going through adolescence is difficult enough…but then there’s the button box to contend with. This entertaining read is familiar territory for King fans: alternately humorous, nostalgic, and suspenseful. I’m not sure which parts Richard Chizmar worked on, but I’m intrigued enough to check out some of his short story collections. (His latest as of this post is called A Long December).