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We're All in This Together: A Novella and Stories

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  419 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Imaginative, gripping stories and a funny, poignant novella set in Maine after the 2000 presidential election make up this exciting literary debut.

Owen King is a writer interested in the choices we make when we're most conflicted. A young husband must decide whether or not to commit a ghoulish crime; a baseball player in a fantastic 1930s Coney Island is assailed by the gu
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published 2005 by Bloomsbury
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Dominia You can get an idea of average word count per story type by looking at award categories for some of the more popular literary awards. For example, the…moreYou can get an idea of average word count per story type by looking at award categories for some of the more popular literary awards. For example, the Nebula award defines story length as follows:

Novel > 40,000 words
Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story < 7,500 words
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This is a brilliant little collection of one novella and four short stories. When you consider that it’s the author’s first book, it really says something. This is no amateur storyteller here. These stories work, and they work well.

You might recognize the name of the author if you’re a Stephen King fan; it’s his second son. It might be unfair to compare Owen’s one book to the 40-year legacy of his father, but it’s probably nigh on impossible not to at least consider it. I mean, it’s his son. Kin
I found this book at Dollar General, when I saw it, I was like, "no way, I've always wanted to check out Owen's writing!" I've been a Stephen King fan for years and years, and I've since come to love the few things I've gotten to read by the other members of his family. So, yea, I was a tad excited to find this book, and for a good price. Plus it's a collection of short stories, which I have a soft spot for... bonus points if you will :) I'll say right off the bat that I was not disappointed in ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
If you're still ticked off about the way Dubya was allowed to steal the election in 2000, you need to read the novella, "We're All In This Together." I had some serious laugh-out-loud moments while reading it. Unfortunately, it falls apart at the end, which reduced my rating from four stars to three.

The short stories are well written, if not particularly memorable. I think Owen King has some writing chops. He just needs more practice and better material. So even though I'm only giving this book
Taking the average of my rating for each story - 2.5 stars.

Sorta bummed. Maybe I went into this with higher hopes than I should have. Maybe I let thoughts of Stephen King (which, poor Owen, must always be compared to) influence my take on these stories. Or maybe I just didn't get it. I will say, though, with the few typos in the Kindle edition, it was very well written. Owen King can write. The subjects though...

We're All in This Together - The longest of the stories in this collection. Three St
Mar 13, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories
My library branch has a sad bookcase with a few books turned face out on each shelf. There's a sign that says something like, "These books are in danger of being permanently removed from the shelves due to not being taken out very much. Please do a good deed and take one home with you to read today!"

So, being a Good Deed Do-er, I took this book and checked it out, literally and figuratively. Largely because it was by Owen King, son of Stephen and brother of Joe Hill. I'd never read anything by O
Arthur Gibson
May 17, 2014 Arthur Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot to write a review of this before, so I'll just do that now and put today as the finished date - though I actually read it more than a year ago. My review: Go read this book! Owen King has a knack for creating life within his words. More than the stories themselves, these are gripping characters. They have personality, depth, and you can see yourself bumping into them as you go down the street. This was the first thing by this author that I read, but it will not be the last. Based on the ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Another King shoved at me to 'check out and see if he's readable.' I usually hate to compare author's that are related to each other but it is sheer impossible not to put Own next to his father and brother.

I picked this book up for above mentioned reason, no other, I'm sorry. I probably wouldn't have read it if it wasn't for the name, not for the blurb at the back in any case. Still, two pages in I really liked the story. It reminded me of Arto Paasilinna's quirky characters and it had the same
Jan 16, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Stephen King's other son...after reading HEART SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill (Stephen King's other other son) I was amazed by the protege of the family. Although Tabitha doesn't really do it for me, she keeps Stephen in check, I had to check out the other son's work. It's not horror at all.

Although there are some thought provoking and distubing sequences, Owen seems to write literary works. His tales wound you into a surprising thought provoking atmosphere. I respect his talent. The first book is a
Stephen King's son is a pretty darned good writer. He and his brother are definitely making their dad proud in that department. I enjoyed the novella in this book the best; loved the little twist thrown in for good measure. Liked the surprise. The characters were well-developed and quirky. It was a kind of coming-of-age story, too.

The rest of the stories were also very well-written, although some good have been longer.

Overall, I'd recommend this collection.
S.L. Dixon
Mar 31, 2014 S.L. Dixon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot...
The first story and the one I enjoyed the most, the title novella, We're All in This Together, was laugh out loud funny on several occasions. It was smart and characters served perfectly, all plausible, all identifiable in some way. I couldn't help, but enjoy the stance of the grandfather and George (I've spent enough time on the wrong side of the tracks to shake my fist at rich folks) to a point. The strange forgiveness between the author's characters always offer an
Jun 03, 2013 Bandit rated it did not like it
I like to think of myself as an objective reviewer or at least a fair one. I also am not averse to giving writers second chances to insure that my impressions and opinions of their work are accurate. And so, despite the disappointing Double Feature I've read recently, I decided to give Owen King another go and checked out his debut book. This one I liked even less. I am seriously amazed, actually incredulous at all the praise he receives on his book covers. Could be his writing is just really no ...more
Nicolas Bateman
Jun 22, 2013 Nicolas Bateman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen King's first book is not actually a novel but, as clearly pointed out by the title, a collection of four short stories and a novella.
If Joe has followed faithfully in the steps of Daddy, Owen couldn't be farther away from his family's recipe for books.
With a style that reminded me in turns of Paul Auster and Chad Harbach, We're All In This Together is an intelligent and effective piece of fiction writing that clearly reflects the love of its author for politics, cinema and literature, as we
Feb 05, 2014 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He's got a voice, and it's not like anyone in the family. That's good, and I was really glad for that. My only criticism is that I felt like all his endings were, for lack of a better term, academic. Like someone taught him how to end short stories with a twist, and so that's what he does. It just wasn't very satisfying for me, once I figured out the trick. But I really liked the characters and the overall feel, and I look forward to reading the rest of his work.
Tobin Elliott
Having read Double Feature and enjoying it, I thought it would be interesting to go back to his first release.

I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. I enjoy King's characters a lot, and I love the stories themselves. However, there's only one thing I can point to that I really don't enjoy and that's the fact that all the stories seem to end without any wrap up. It's as if they ended about three paragraphs too soon.

His wife, author Kelly Braffet writes similarly, but I prefer her writing over K
Deth Graham
May 26, 2008 Deth Graham rated it it was amazing
So far I have finished the novella We're All in This Together I have yet to read any of the other short stories included in the book. I am absolutely blown away. WAITT is one of the most touching stories I have ever read. It completely captures the uncertainty of adolesence and youth in the lead character George and at the other end of the scale the ingrained conviction of the older generation in Gil and Henry. A beautiful yet chilling tale about life and the unexpected cards we are sometimes de ...more
Patrick Bättig
George ist fünfzehn und der einzige Sohn einer allein erziehenden Mutter. Wir schreiben das Jahr 2000 und Georges Großvater, ein alter Gewerkschafter, ärgert sich maßlos über den Ausgang der letzten Präsidentschaftswahl. In seinen Augen ist der Wahlausgang Betrug (womit er ja nicht so ganz falsch liegt) und er tut seinen Unmut kund, indem er in seinem Vorgarten Al Gore auf einem übergroßen Plakat zum wahren Präsidenten Amerikas erklärt. Als ein Unbekannter das Plakat beschmiert, entbrennt ein re ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King has a son who can write-- it's not this one. The Novella is passable with characters who do speak to you. Those are the absolute worst published short stories that I've ever read.

The sad part is, I'm not even being harsh, because I went into this really wanting to like this son's writing as much as I adore Joe Hill. I was very disappointed. In a family of writing geniuses, this fell so far below the mark.
Sep 17, 2014 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
I really, really, really loved the novella, "We're all in this together". A lot. The ending was shocking, and I had to read it a few times to make sure I hadn't missed something vital. The short stories were interesting, but not stellar. King definitely has a way with character development and his writing style is very accessible. I am looking forward to reading his full length novel, "Double Feature".
Jun 12, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was happy that the first short story was actually more of a novella and really set the pace for the tone of the book. I enjoyed it!
Martin Sexton
Aug 08, 2013 Martin Sexton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, but can't quite describe or categorize it. not for those who need a clear, buttoned up narrative. the stories left me more with feelings and moods than with words and thoughts. It was more like poetry in short story form. Definitely original and like Double Feature, left me eager to read whatever comes next from Owen King.
One of the nicest things I can say about Steven King is that his wife and kid can write. :)

I have an inordinate fondess for short storis, and Owen King's debut does not disappoint. He shows us the world through the eyes of a young American male, not a jock, not a scholar, but a human being with a keen eye for the oddity around him. Very nice.
Oct 10, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a compelling story that left me sad at its conclusion only because it had ended. Mr. King has a gift for sense of place. His prose is incredibly readable and very often witty. I could see the novella as a film in the vein of Simon Burch.

So this writer/reader is left asking - where's the next book from Mr. King?
Feb 23, 2009 Janellyn51 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really great collection of stories. I totally loved We're all in this together, and it totally surprised me in the end. The other stories were great too. I hope Owen will have more in the offing soon.
Jun 15, 2015 Karlton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
This is a great collection of carefully crafted short stories and the novella "We're All in this Together" which puts mixes recent politics (the 2000 election to 9/11) and narrative together splendidly.
Sep 18, 2011 Dmshepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen taught my first writing class at Columbia. He's a great guy, and an amazing writer. I picked up his book. Great short stories. Especially "Frozen Animals". I hope he's doing well, and writing.
Mar 16, 2011 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this novella quite a bit. Great coming of age story. The short stories were less successful in my opinion. I really liked "Snake."
Jen Hogan
Jan 31, 2008 Jen Hogan rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
my copy is autographed by the author, who happens to be Stephen King's son :)
Troy Lefman
Dec 31, 2013 Troy Lefman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stories. Quick hospital read, waiting for the baby to come and play.
Chelsea Catalina
Jul 03, 2007 Chelsea Catalina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kingbachmanworld
great debut from king's son owen...other son goes by the pseudonym Joe hill...
Sep 29, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the short stories were just good.
the novella was great.
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I'm the author of We're All In This Together: A Novella and Stories, and co-editor (with John McNally) of the anthology Who Can Save Us Now. My writing has appeared in publications such as Grantland,The Los Angeles Review of Books, Prairie Schooner, and One Story. I've been nominated for a National Magazine Award and recognized in the Pen/O.Henry Prize Stories series. My first novel, Double Featur ...more
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