May 2015: The Green Mile

The Green MileMay 2015 will see Read It & Steep enjoying (hopefully it won’t just be me that enjoys it!) one of Stephen King’s finest works: The Green Mile. Some of the steepers seemed worried due to King’s reputation as a horror novelist, but while this book does have plenty of the “Horrors! Horrors!” that our group has come to expect, this isn’t a King book that’s filled with gore.  It’s described on as:

“When The Green Mile first appeared, serialized as one volume per month, Stephen King’s The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Timesbestseller list—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over.

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs…and yours.”