Dolores Claiborne is a 1992 psychological thriller novel by Stephen King. The novel is narrated by the title character. Atypically for a King novel, it has no chapters, double-spacing between paragraphs, or other section breaks; thus the text is a single continuous narrative which reads like the transcription of a spoken monologue. It was the best selling novel of 1992 in the United States.
The book is dedicated to King's mother: "For my mother, Ruth Pillsbury King."
Sometimes, Delores, you have to be a high riding bitch in order to survive, because being a bitch is all a woman has to hold on to..
Vera: It's a depressingly masculine world we live in, Delores. Delores: Maybe I'm wrong? Vera: What if you're right? Husbands die everyday, Delores, why, one is probably dying right now while you're sitting here weeping.
They die and leave their wives their money. I should know, shouldn't I? Sometimes they're driving home from their mistress's apartment and their brakes suddenly fail. An accident, Delores, can be an unhappy woman's best friend.
Vera: Sometimes, Delores, sometimes you have to be a high riding bitch to survive. Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on to.