Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
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Stephen King's 2013 kicked into overdrive in September, when his long-awaited sequel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep, hit bookstores nationwide and, like all his other novels, topped all best-seller lists.
But earlier in the year, the literary titan quietly dropped a propulsive little coming-of-age novel, Joyland, about a college student who starts working in an amusement park that was once the site of a murder. Joyland's supernatural possibilities are only its hooks, though-it's really a poignant tale of friendship and self-discovery. King saved the big scares for Dr. Sleep, but Joyland is ultimately superior. —Matt Barone