Stephen King Calls Hunter Biden's Book Brave and 'Heartbreaking'

President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden is set to release a memoir called Beautiful Things on April 6 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Ahead of the book's release, author Stephen King's blurb has been released, where he praises the president's sons book for its bravery, while calling it "heartbreaking."

Beautiful Things (which was co-written with journalist and author Drew Jubera) will chronicle Biden's struggles with substance abuse, which have been well-documented, especially leading up to his father's run for president in 2020.

King was one of several critically-acclaimed authors who have read Beautiful Things ahead of its release, according to the Associated Press. The Shining writer's blurb praised Biden for his honesty and showing how addiction can affect everyone. "In his harrowing and compulsively readable memoir, Hunter Biden proves again that anybody — even the son of a United States President — can take a ride on the pink horse down nightmare alley," he wrote. "Biden remembers it all and tells it all with a bravery that is both heartbreaking and quite gorgeous. He starts with a question: Where's Hunter? The answer is he's in this book, the good, the bad, and the beautiful."

Besides King, Dusk Night Dawn author Anne Lamott and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius author Dave Eggers also read and praised the book, which was first obtained by the publisher in 2019. The book's title is a reference to a phrase that Hunter Biden and his older brother Beau would use following the elder Biden's diagnosis with cancer, which he died from in 2015.

Biden's son faced increased scrutiny in the lead up to the 2020 election. Former President Donald Trump referenced Biden's struggles with addiction during the first presidential debate. The then-candidate hit back by praising Hunter Biden for overcoming his substance abuse. "My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He's overtaken it. He's fixed it. He's worked on it, and I'm proud of him," he said.

Hunter Biden's professional dealings were also a major talking point in the months before the election. Trump accused the now-president and his son of corruption due to Hunter's position with Burisma in Ukraine. In December, the Justice Department launched an investigation into Hunter Biden's tax affairs. At the time, he expressed faith that the investigation would find that he had not broken the law. "I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors," he said in a statement at the time.

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World Food Program USA Board Chairman Hunter Biden (L) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attend the World Food Program USA's Annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award Ceremony at Organization of American States on April 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. Teresa Kroeger/Getty