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Stephen King's legendary debut, the bestselling smash hit that put him on the map as one of America's favorite writers  "Gory and horrifying. . . . You can't put it down." —Chicago...
Stephen King's legendary debut, the bestselling smash hit that put him on the map as one of America's favorite writers  "Gory and horrifying. . . . You can't put it down." —Chicago...
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  • Stephen King's legendary debut, the bestselling smash hit that put him on the map as one of America's favorite writers 
     
    "Gory and horrifying. . . . You can't put it down." —Chicago Tribune
     
    Unpopular at school and subjected to her mother's religious fanaticism at home, Carrie White does not have it easy. But while she may be picked on by her classmates, she has a gift she's kept secret since she was a little girl: she can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. Her ability has been both a power and a problem. And when she finds herself the recipient of a sudden act of kindness, Carrie feels like she's finally been given a chance to be normal. She hopes that the nightmare of her classmates' vicious taunts is over . . . but an unexpected and cruel prank turns her gift into a weapon of horror so destructive that the town may never recover.
 

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  • Chapter One News item from the Westover (Me.) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966:

    RAIN OF STONES REPORTED

    It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlain on August 17th. The stones fell principally on the home of Mrs. Margaret White, damaging the roof extensively and ruining two gutters and a downspout valued at approximately $25. Mrs. White, a widow, lives with her three-year-old daughter, Carietta.

    Mrs. White could not be reached for comment.


    Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not at the subconscious level where savage things grow. On the surface, all the girls in the shower room were shocked, thrilled, ashamed, or simply glad that the White bitch had taken it in the mouth again. Some of them might also have claimed surprise, but of course their claim was untrue. Carrie had been going to school with some of them since the first grade, and this had been building since that time, building slowly and immutably, in accordance with all the laws that govern human nature, building with all the steadiness of a chain reaction approaching critical mass.

    What none of them knew, of course, was that Carrie White was telekinetic.


    Graffiti scratched on a desk of the Barker Street Grammar School in Chamberlain:

    Carrie White eats shit.



    The locker room was filled with shouts, echoes, and the subterranean sound of showers splashing on tile. The girls had been playing volleyball in Period One, and their morning sweat was light and eager.

    Girls stretched and writhed under the hot water, squalling, flicking water, squirting white bars of soap from hand to hand. Carrie stood among them stolidly, a frog among swans. She was a chunky girl with pimples on her neck and back and buttocks, her wet hair completely without color. It rested against her face with dispirited sogginess and she simply stood, head slightly bent, letting the water splat against her fl esh and roll off. She looked the part of the sacrificial goat, the constant butt, believer in left-handed monkey wrenches, perpetual foul-up, and she was. She wished forlornly and constantly that Ewen High had individual—and thus private— showers, like the high schools at Westover or Lewiston. They stared. They always stared.

    Showers turning off one by one, girls stepping out, removing pastel bathing caps, toweling, spraying deodorant, checking the clock over the door. Bras were hooked, underpants stepped into. Steam hung in the air; the place might have been an Egyptian bathhouse except for the constant rumble of the Jacuzzi whirlpool in the corner. Calls and catcalls rebounded with all the snap and flicker of billiard balls after a hard break.

    "—so Tommy said he hated it on me and I—"

    "—I'm going with my sister and her husband. He picks his nose but so does she, so they're very—"

    "—shower after school and—"

    "—too cheap to spend a goddam penny so Cindi and I—"

    Miss Desjardin, their slim, nonbreasted gym teacher, stepped in, craned her neck around briefly, and slapped her hands together once, smartly. "What are you waiting for, Carrie? Doom? Bell in five minutes." Her shorts were blinding white, her legs not too curved but striking in their unobtrusive muscularity. A silver whistle, won in college archery competition, hung around her neck.

    The girls giggled and Carrie looked up, her eyes slow and dazed from the heat and the steady, pounding roar of the water. "Ohuh?"

    It was a strangely froggy sound, grotesquely apt, and the girls...

About the Author-

  • Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Doctor Sleep; Joyland; 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; End of Watch; and the latest novel in the Dark Tower saga: The Wind Through the Keyhole. His acclaimed nonfiction book On Writing is also a bestseller. Stephen is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He was also awarded the 2014 National Medal of Arts. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
    www.stephenking.com

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 28, 2013
    The original actress to play Carrie, Sissy Spacek, narrates this audio tie-in to the new film version of King’s classic novel. Her Academy Award-nominated performance in the 1976 motion picture made her the iconic image of the author’s young heroine whose terrifying telekinetic power is unleashed by the viciousness of ultra-mean teens and the insane demands of her fanatically religious mother. Here, while easily recreating the moods of that odd young girl, whose helpless confusion and despair eventually morph into childish delight in her talent for destruction, Spacek just as successfully takes on the personae of the small town’s other disparate residents. King’s fiction is constructed of dramatic sequences interspersed with documentary-like accounts of events leading up to Carrie’s horrific vengeance. The actress moves smoothly from the magazine, newspaper, and official reports to dramatic scenes. Teenagers (some down-to-earth, some unpleasantly arrogant) teachers, moms, matrons, cops, the town drunk—Spacek finds a voice for each of them. And those voices are so dramatically evoked that, if their speech carries a trace of her native Texas drawl in lieu of a Maine accent, no one, including the author, is likely to complain. King reads an introduction in which he describes the book’s origin, his concerns about writing his first novel, especially one told from a feminine perspective, and, finally, how it’s critical and popular success changed his life.

  • The Los Angeles Times "A master storyteller."
  • USA Today "[The] most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet."
  • Publishers Weekly "Eerie and haunting--sheer terror!"
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Shivering, shuddery, macabre evil!"

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