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Lisey's Story by Stephen King
  

Lisey's Story

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

On the surface this is a romance of memories as a widow looks back on her marriage to a famous writer, but being Stephen King there is obviously far more to it than that.

This is a long book which gives itself time to build slowly, drawing you in with hints and incomplete explanations, weaving together past and present, memory, reality and dream. At its heart is the place of inspiration, a literal Other World, accessible to all but visited by few, full of terrors and wonders. Lisey’s Story works on many levels and lingers long after it is done.

If you like Stephen King you might also like to read books by Clive Barker, Peter Straub and Ray Bradbury.

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Lisey's Story by Stephen King

Lisey Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of profound, sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was a celebrated, award-winning, novelist. And a complex man.

Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo'ya Moon is what Scott called it; a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face her husband’s demons. And what begins as a widow's effort to sort through her husband's effects becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness.

Reviews

A wondrous novel of marriage, a love story steeped in strength and tenderness, and cast with the most vivid, touching and believable characters in recent literature ... A dazzling novel that you'll thank yourself for reading long after the final page is turned. Nicholas Sparks, author of THE NOTEBOOK What he gives us here is a powerful picture of older women supporting each other in grief and danger. Lisey and his sisters are some of his most successful female characters Time Out Described as his most autobiographical yet, this tale is classic Stephen King territory of the supernatural and the normal, of magic and bleak reality, all concocted with an alchemy that fizzles and bubbles Sunday Express Accomplished ... unputdownable ... his mesmerising best Observer on BAG OF BONES An incredibly gifted storyteller Guardian King is the greatest popular novelist of our day,comparable to Dickens - and one of the reasons for his preeminence is that (like Dickens) he keeps his readers with him all the time...Because, as bool after bool goes boom, and Lisey gets further and further back into the past, this turns out to be a consummate, compassionate novel - one of King's very best...A very gradual, but very gripping plot...meticulously constructed. This one, you feel, really means something to the author...King doesn't get compared to Henry James very often. But... Guardian LISEY'S STORY is up there with his finest...Please don't ever give up writing, Stephen King Evening Standard LISEY'S STORY is a big fat onion of a book, a story which veers far from the classic three act structure and instead has story-layer-upn-story-layer peeled away over the course of its narrative. 'The depth of his (King's) insight into all of us, good and bad, happy or sad, is what has kept him at the top of his game for so very long. And long may it continue SFRevu This story really shines London Lite What, then, is Lisey's Story all about? Well, it is harder to approach than much of his vast output, but is well worth the effort for its glimpse into the soul - and perhaps the nightmares - of the man himself. ... a dark and thinly camouflaged writer's testament to love and life. And the dark side. The Times Quite simply, this is Stephen King writing at his very very best and anybody who enjoys a roller coaster ride capable of twisting the blood should avail themselves of a copy forthwith. Tangled Web/Shots Lisey's Story is one hell of a book. It's also very hard to categorise ... I guess the only category you can put it in is the Stephen King books category. Lilja's Library (King fan site)


About the Author

Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 40 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

Stephen King received the National Medal of Arts from US President Barack Obama on 10th September 2015. This is the highest award for artists given by the US government. Ahead of the ceremony Stephen King said, “I’m amazed and grateful.” Previous recipients of the National Medal of Arts include Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Philip Roth, Maurice Sendak, Harper Lee and Maya Angelou.

Stephen King photo © Shane Leonard

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Publication date

24th October 2006

Author

Stephen King

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
576 pages

Categories

Horror
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9780340898932

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