Another novel written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, Roadwork by Stephen King was published in 1981 first as a paperback. The book was written after the death of his mother and King said that he wanted his readers to see an insight of his personality during those timest. He was grieving and nothing made sense in life at that moment. In the beginning there was disappointment about the book, but later on he said that Roadwork is one of Stephen King’s favorites books.
The novel takes place in the early 70s in a Midwestern City. It follows the story of a man, Barton George Dawes grieving his son’s death and lets his anger take control of his actions when he finds out that both his workplace and his job at an industrial laundry will be demolished for a new highway extension project.
Dawes resigns his job and fails to provide a new house for him and his wife, who finally leaves him. Using Molotov cocktails Dawes then tries to sabotage the construction work but he just delays it.
Will Dawes finally be able to stop his planned demolition and recover his family life? Will this end end in a tragedy or will things will revert back their normal flow in Dawes’s life?
Read the book and see for yourself. This amazing story finds correspondences in real life, you could say that it is inspired from real events, from my point of view. I think there are a lot of people in the world dealing with these social, and industrial economic problems.
Have a good time reading the book.