Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties

by Stephen King, Owen King
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Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen King

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501163401
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 28
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Owen King is the author of the novel Double Feature and We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories. He is the coauthor of Intro to Alien Invasion and the coeditor of Who Can Save Us Now? Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories. He lives in Upstate New York with his wife, the writer Kelly Braffet, and their daughter.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Sleeping Beauties: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous 13 days ago
I'm guessing this was 90% Owen & 10% Stephen. Very hard to read at times & I can't stress enough that I read to get away from the real world....especially politics. I don't care about your politics; write an entertaining book! I don't know if I will buy another Stephen King book. It was bad enough to pay $17 for an e-book & it got a lot worse when you could tell right away that it was not a Stephen King novel!
Anonymous 15 days ago
I enjoy reading Stephen King books, but I read to get away.from politics. Hate Trump....Love Trump...just keep your personal opinions out of yourbooks.
Anonymous 14 days ago
As a constant reader of King's I'm annoyed and insulted by this book. Page 24: I have to force myself to stop reading. I should have known by the synopsis what the agenda is here. Also, nepotism sucks.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Great book. What is tragic is how ignorant so many readers are; demanding entertainment without social commentary. Art, literature, film--these are not produced in a vacuum. Since the dawn of writing things happen in context. We simply have to improve our educational system, or we will continue to produce people angry that they were asked to think about serious issues, and voting for a vile reality show star as if he were a statesman worthy of our highest office.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Underwhelming to say the least! I was expecting so much better.
Anonymous 8 days ago
A great book by two great authors. A must read. how long can nmen exist without women and do women need men to exist.
JamesS 12 days ago
Kings' liberal politics come to the forefront in this "colaboration." I don't know which of them wrote it but Stephen King lost me forever not that he really cares.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Couldn't put it down, as usual.
Anonymous 22 hours ago
Had a slow start for me but i was all in by page 50!
Anonymous 1 days ago
The only reason Stephen King's name on it to help Owen. Owen is not like his brother Joe Hill and it shows with Sleeping Beauties. It was boring and overlong.
Anonymous 1 days ago
A very disappointing book
TeresaKS 3 days ago
I was really put off by the price tag on this book....$16.99 for an ebook that's 650ish pages! But being a Stephen King fanatic, I paid the price. I don't know that I will be doing that again. I love, love, love Stephen King but hated this book. If you're reading the reviews before purchasing, pass on this one. Normally I can't put his books down, but this one was so boring and lacking that I had difficulty finishing it.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I loved this book. The characters were fascinating and well-drawn and the story was positively mesmerizing.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Being a fan, no make that a complete and total fan, of Mr. King, I found this book to be a waste of time and money. What a huge disappointment. I have gone back to reading books as a way to escape the constant BS occurring in the media, whether it's radio, newsprint, television, cinema, music, etc. This was horrible. Bring back Roland and the Kat-et.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Here's another King book that takes the reader on an adventure that is fantastically scary in its realism in the human emotion.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I don't think there is a lot of S. King in this book. Here are my two main reasons: S. has the ability to take the ordinary and make it deliciously scary or at least show you how to see the ordinary in a new light. O. Sort of does the opposite. He takes the fantastic and makes it mediocre. S. is the master of dialog. O, is not . I found the whole story line bogged down in certain places. Wanted to love it but I didn't. Sometimes I liked it and some times I just pushed to the end. I did like Don Peters character. Every woman works with some version of Don at some point in life. Clint was way too goody two shoes and the whole supposed daughter subplot was weak. Don't know if I'll try Owen again or not. P.S. I liked Duma Key. Good job working the Alzheimer's subplot into the story. I'm a resident of Sarasota which is the Alzheimer's capitol of the world!
Anonymous 9 days ago
I've been reading King's books for years, couldn't put them down. This one, kept putting it down. Didnt hold my interest.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Great book really enjoyed it found it hard to put down
Anonymous 15 days ago
Very hard to follow....don't know how much dad contributed to the book but it's definately not written by him. I'm not fond of Owen's writing style, as this is my first time reading him and may be my last. Also, if you're expecting another Joe Hill, you'll be disappointed.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Wonderful book! Hated for it to end!
Anonymous 2 days ago
You are a wonderful writer. I have bought every book you have written. But no more. Your political views have no bearing on your entertainment value. That is all you are. Entertainment. Stick to what you know.
Anonymous 18 days ago