Short Story Review: Premium Harmony
Man, I’m on a roll today you guys!
I finished a short story just now after finishing Heaven Bound early this morning, so I’m hoping that means that my reader’s block is o-v-e-r.
Anywho, the short story I chose this time was Premium Harmony by Stephen King.
Fun fact, this short story is a freebie! Simply click here to read this baby for free on The New Yorker’s website. If it’s free, it’s me, I always say.
Okay, review time!
Sorry, none available this time. For some odd reason on GoodReads it just starts with the first sentence or two of the story.
I gave this short story four bickering stars! (Believe me, you’ll understand when you read it)
Okay, so you’re probably wondering what Swiss Rolls and a pack of cigs have to do with this story. Well, actually, quite a bit, but let’s not focus on that.
This short story is essentially about a husband and his wife taking a drive through Castle Rock. They stop by a general store of sorts to pick a thing or two up and things commence from there. Staying spoiler free is going to be hard, so I’ll just leave the summary at that.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was short and entertaining. I basically took this story as a cautionary tale of how bad a relationship can get.
While I’ve never been married, I found the conversation between Ray and his wife to be interesting if not somewhat hilarious and depressing at the same time. They’ve been married for years, and I wondered to myself if all couples fight like this. I certainly haven’t fought with any of my ex’s quite like they did.
Anyways, their fighting reminded me of a bunch of old birds picking at each other. So much so that I actually thought Ray and his wife were a lot older than was said later in the story. I do find something of a flaw in that since by then I had a completely different mental image of the two of them fighting in the car.
The plot for this story was super simple but well-written and enjoyable, ending on a relatable, bittersweet note.
Ultimately, I’d recommend this short story to anyone. It’s free, it’s entertaining, and it’s Stephen King. What have you got to lose?
Definitely worth a quick read!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!
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