New Stephen King novel, “Revival,” set for November 11 release

stephen kingStephenKing.com, the official Stephen King website, announced on Wednesday the celebrated author’s next novel. “Revival” is set to hit stores on Nov. 11, not long after his upcoming mystery novel, “Mr. Mercedes,” will be released on June 3. “Revival” will be published by Scribner and Hodder & Stoughton.

According to the website, “Revival” will take place in the mid-20th century in rural New England.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

“Revival” and “Mr. Mercedes” are hot on the heels of King’s latest books, “Doctor Sleep,” a sequel to “The Shining” that came out in September 2013, and “Joyland,” another mystery that came out in June 2013.

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