From the Publisher
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester''s Mill,
Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the
rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it
and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener''s hand is
severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in
the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars
explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it
came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.
Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself
teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia
Shumway, a physician''s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman,
and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a
politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the
reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a
dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because
time isn''t just short. It''s running out.
About the Author
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
About the Book
In Stephen King's mesmerizing new novel, a Maine town is subject to the imposition of an impenetrable dome that isolates its citizens from the world.