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Pearl Dickenson comes to Nodd's Ridge only to claim an inheritance but unexpectedly decides to stay, upsetting the tiny New England town's equilibrium with her exotic beauty. Settling in, she buys a local diner and turns it into a thriving gathering place. But her simple desire for a place of her own becomes complicated when she stumbles into not one but two love affairs wPearl Dickenson comes to Nodd's Ridge only to claim an inheritance but unexpectedly decides to stay, upsetting the tiny New England town's equilibrium with her exotic beauty. Settling in, she buys a local diner and turns it into a thriving gathering place. But her simple desire for a place of her own becomes complicated when she stumbles into not one but two love affairs with two very different but equally troubled men. When the seething rivalry between the men explodes into violence, Pearl becomes more than just an object of local gossip. She becomes a power - to heal or destroy the community... and herself. This gripping novel illuminates the depths and desires of an independent woman... and exposes some very dark truths about small town life....

Title : Pearl
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ISBN : 9780451162625
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Pearl Reviews

  • Grillo
    2019-05-28 20:33

    It's a shame that this book is out of print, and that Tabitha King is so unrecognized, because Pearl was quite an enjoyable novel to read.The story is ostensibly about a woman who relocates to a small, Maine town to open a diner, and finds herself embroiled in a love triangle. It has the superficial trappings of a romance novel, and there are elements of that, but in general this work is more of a character study that challenges us to look beyond our stereotypical perceptions of others, to embrace those around us with all of their flaws and shortcomings. In some respects it succeeds, and in others it falls short, but my overall impression was positive.What I most enjoyed was the immersive quality King creates. I could spend much more time in Nodd's Ridge, the fictional small town King uses as her setting. It's very comfortable and warm in it's own way, and createed an odd sense of nostalgia, not unlike Fried Green Tomatoes or Terms of Endearment. The writing itself is compelling and lucid, and there is a coherent plot that resolves itself (if not a bit too neatly), rather than an abrupt conclusion of the type that can mar these kinds of novels.The most puzzling aspect to me is Pearl herself. We don't really know her motivations. Why has she come to this town? Why is she so drawn and conflicted by these two men? We never really learn. It's the chief weakness of the novel.I look forward to tracking down the next two novels that follow, One on One and The Book of Reuben, to see how she develops this humane, engaging story.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-10 17:38

    In the past, Stephen King had been the author I had read the most (although I never preferred his science fiction novels). Referred by a Woman's Day article about Jennifer Weiner's all-time favorite reads (chic lit) I picked it up at a local library.Pearl, digested, unfolds the sexual scruples of a young woman who has just inherited a rural farm house from her "ghost uncle." In the interim between sleeping with the town Paul Bunyan and the itinerant, manic, yuppy she purchases a small diner from the local yokel--a part time drunk, part time wounded brute. The story unfolds as she attempts to retain secrecy in seducing both lovers while sorting out her own feelings about the nature of their romances. Meanwhile there are secrets flowing in the undercurrent of both her past, the family lives of those involved, and quite literally, the icy Maine lake that mirrors the town. I can't call this book a romance novel exactly, nor is it completely a mystery but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of writing as well as the obviously spiritual and psychological depth of the author who lacks the vulgarity of her husband. The main character, though at times meretricious, is often radiantly benevolent which is only accentuated by the contrast of supporting characters such as her lover's nightmare of a teenage daughter and the former proprietor of the diner who she keeps on as a short order cook. And as with movies, the end should have been obvious to a fellow writer but kept me intrigued until the very last sentence.

  • Patrick
    2019-06-06 18:30

    Tabitha King is a great writer. This is one of a trio of books related to the same characters. The second one being,"One On One",and the third,"The Story of Reuben". You must read them in this order. The writing growth shows in each book. She hones her craft of these characters, and you actually get to see a writer mature, which,being a writer, I found exciting in itself. The first is a more personal forbidden romance,that is luminous and unforgettable. The second was written during the King's obsession, with Maine basketball star Cindy Blodgett, and deals with two teens in love, one being a basketball star. The third is sort of the prequel to the others , in that it tells the entire story about Reuben, who was Pearl's lover, and who's son is in love with the female basketball star,in "One on One". Though it is a prequel of sorts, you appreciate the depth of Reuben's character if the other two are read first. By the third book, Tabitha King's light shines as bright ,if not brighter than her husband,Stephen King's. Throughout her writing journey, you see a growing strand of underlying dark broodiness, in the problems of her characters, that is reminiscent of that in her husband's works. A writing duo, if only their brood were to be as talented in writing, we would have a writing dynasty like no other.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-08 21:54

    I read this book many, many years ago and have always remembered it as one of my favorite books. Tabitha King aptly named the book after the main character, Pearl, because she is not only who the story is about but truly is the essence of the tale and what draws the reader in. I can’t say too much more until I’ve had a chance to re-read it as a now middle-aged woman and see if the book still affects me as it once did. I’ll keep you posted…

  • Susan
    2019-06-02 14:50

    My brother made me read this. Thank you, Bill! Pearl Dickenson inherits a home place from an uncle she never knew. She moves to Nodd's Ridge in New England and warms her way into the small town and the hearts of its residents. These characters are so alive, I would recognize any of them on the street. As my brother says, she writes with the same brilliance as her husband about people and relationships, she just doesn't have to have the scary stuff to make the book come alive.

  • Barb
    2019-06-09 18:45

    I'd heard that Tabitha King's books are worth seeking out and now that I've read one, I agree! She is one talented writer. Pearl tells a story that surprised me again and again although if asked what was so startling, I'd have a hard time giving an example. Next on my to-read list of Ms. King's novels: Survivor. A paperback copy is already in my hot little hands ready to open to page 1.

  • Jacquie Lyerly
    2019-06-22 15:31


  • Angella
    2019-05-27 20:42

    This woman has an unbelievable grasp on human nature.

  • Chris
    2019-06-13 21:52

    It's been a long time since I've read this book. I was surprised to find out that Tabitha King is Stephen King's wife. Probably the biggest reason why I picked it up from the library. I do remember enjoying it, and it was easy to read.

  • Trinette
    2019-06-01 18:28

    I found it in a box of my books in the basement, along with some Stephen King books and some Marion Zimmer Bradley books. Took them all to the thrift store, but I decided I wanted to re-read this one once more before I donate it.

  • Lisa Ahronian
    2019-06-22 13:58

    I liked this book a lot. Pearl is a strong woman who knows her own mind. Loved the ending.

  • roseawall
    2019-06-15 20:34

    I wish Tabitha King wrote books more often.

  • Awallens
    2019-06-11 20:41

    Tabitha King is definitely under-appreciated. This book was great, great setting, great atmosphere, lots of emotion, just fabulous all around.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-14 21:55

    I think this was the book that ended with the line, "The radio, which was Japanese, played until dawn."If so, it was spellbinding.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-15 16:47

    One of my favorites - I've read it several times.

  • Linda
    2019-05-27 13:56

    I read this because she's the wife of Stephen King, but I became of fan of her work as well. This story revolves around a love triangle.

  • Marleen
    2019-06-17 19:29

    I loved this book. Such humane characters. Got it in the local library at the time. Wish I could re-read it and check for myself if it still moves me as much.

  • Denise M.
    2019-06-05 17:35

    Wife of Stephen King

  • Nikki Crist
    2019-06-13 15:39

    Read this 20 years ago. I decided to read it again. It holds a special place on my bookshelf along with my other Tabitha King novels. I love her story telling ability. Characters you feel like you really know. It's a shame she doesn't write much anymore.

  • Brenda
    2019-06-22 18:45

    Not a new book, but well-written, and captures a bit of New England culture.

  • Jamie Ander
    2019-06-18 17:29

    It was a very interesting read for the first book I've read from Tabitha King and I hope to read her others soon.

  • Nicholas
    2019-06-22 21:50

    It's possible I'm among the few readers alive never to have read Stephen King, so that's not how I came to read Tabitha King's Pearl. Rather, someone once included it in a list of favorite but under-appreciated books and I added it to my own list of books to read. I have long since forgotten who recommended it originally, but the fact that it's about a Maine village goes some way toward accounting for why I kept it on the list. Pearl is the story of Pearl Dickenson, a mixed-race black woman from Florida who inherits a home in Nodd's Ridge, a small Maine town, from her white great-uncle and decides she's going to move there. She buys a diner in town and promptly starts having affairs with two of the town's men, all the while enmeshing herself in the life of the town and its secrets and long-held grudges. I love a story of small-town life and I liked this one well enough also. At certain times, I just found it a bit down-home-folksy affected, especially in the way that King depicted these Mainers and their reaction to the woman "from away," who was only partially from away because she descended from one of the town's first families. There was, at times, almost too much dialogue for my taste (something I rarely think), and that dialogue was a little too faithfully rendered in Mainespeak. All in all, I enjoyed the novel, but not enough that I necessarily want to read everything else that King has written.

  • Nicole
    2019-06-10 19:53

    I found this book as it was on a list of Jennifer Weiner's favorite books. Since she's fabulous I figured her taste in books would be right up my alley - not so much.For the first half of this book, I found the concept interesting - a black woman moves into a small, white town in Maine and finds her way and becomes a part of the town. I thought that King did a great job painting the town and all of it's quirky inhabitants. I like that Pearl was a strong woman, not afraid to make her own way, but also considered other people.Unfortunately, midway through the book I was turned off when she starts repeatedly sleeping with two men on the same day. Though I'm no prude, one of the men was just bad shit crazy, and it drove me nuts that way that she would tell the men she needed to be along and then let them come in and out of her house and bed at all hours, with no resistance. Though the writing was great, in painting a great picture of the town, I was so annoyed by the main character and her decisions I didn't really want to keep picking up the book and I was infuriated as I read it.

  • Bekki Pate
    2019-06-25 20:54

    Well written piece of romantic fiction. Engaging characters that held my interest throughout, but I felt the plot was weak in some parts - not a lot really seemed to happen and the behaviour of the main protagonist struck me sometimes as unrealistic.I rolled my eyes at the reference to Shawshank Redemption and Cujo - the story would have been just as good if Tabitha didn't suck her husband's ideas into it.Some characters such as Roscoe, Rueben and David were so vivid and interesting, that I constantly wanted to find out more about them, however characters such as Pearl's stepfather just seemed shoe-horned in there a bit without much purpose.Pearl herself came across as a smart, independent woman with a head for business, so to then carry on the way she does with two men - giving b***jobs in the back of her restaurant etc - doesn't seem to be something she would do if she were a real person.

  • Summer
    2019-06-25 18:30

    I love this book! I want to read everything by Tabitha King now. I love how she weaved in some of her husbands characters & places. Nodd's Ridge is a small town that everyone has drove by. The characters are so easy to like/love. You know how when guys watch sports & they're yelling at the t.v. screen? I was yelling at this book in an amazing way that I have never done before. I read over a hundred books in 2015 & Pearl was my favorite. Thank you Tabitha King!

  • David
    2019-06-14 20:33

    King lays down solid, literary lines. The book reminded me of John Irving or Richard Ford a bit, but still a distinctive voice over them. The characters are full and tangible, the storyline is engaging, and the descriptions are vivid. I can't understand why the book isn't still in print, because it is very good. It isn't one of my all time favorites or anything, but King is definitely an accomplished author.

  • Brooke
    2019-05-25 16:53

    After reading Joe Hill and seeing the high praise he gave his mother, I wanted to read the work of this woman who often helps her husband with his writing. The claims of talent are truthful as an engrossing narrative pulls you in, holds you, and takes you into the heart of this small-town community where big stories happen.

  • Cynthia Vengraitis
    2019-06-04 17:40

    It began with such promise, lovely descriptions of the scenery and characters, characters that seemed capable of driving an interesting story...but about one third in it began to devolve into really a really bad beach read and then just got worse. Some of the dialogue actually caused me to wince. She tried to do intrigue and suspense, but wound up with a confused, poorly written mess.

  • Shannon
    2019-06-08 18:50

    The book started off fine - small town in Maine with interesting characters and then half way thru it turned into a trashy, stupid harlequin romance. I kept reading thinking it would redeem itself but the writing and the story just continued to spiral downward. I finally put it down and have no intention to finish it. What a disapointment.

  • Stefanie Lubkowski
    2019-06-17 14:56

    This novel could be favorably compared to any of Richard Russo's novels. T. King centers her narrative on a bi-racial woman new to a rural maine town and although the centering of women characters is really awesome , I'm not sure about her light handling of racial issues. Still, it was a good story in a compelling setting.