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The “haunting…tender, intimate book that makes an epic interior journey” (The New York Times), Lisey’s Story is a literary masterpiece—an extraordinarily moving and haunting portrait of a marriage and its aftermath.
Lisey lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey knew there was a place Scott went—a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it’s Lisey’s turn to face Scott’s demons, to go to that terrifying place known as Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.
“Intricate...exhilarating” (The New Yorker), perhaps Stephen King’s most personal and powerful novel ever, Lisey’s Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love. It is a beautiful, “rich portrait of a marriage, and the complicated affection that outlives death” (The Washington Post).
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One of Stephen King’s most personal and emotionally resonant works is also reportedly his favorite. Two years after the death of best-selling novelist Scott Landon, his wife, Lisey, finally confronts the task of organizing the beloved author’s papers and memorabilia. Lisey’s increasingly unnerving journeys into the past force her to reckon with Scott’s harrowing history of abuse and her own role in his professional success. As the memories accumulate, Lisey uncovers her husband’s ultimate legacy: a dangerous and alluring alternate dimension that provided him with escape and inspiration. Part memoir, part fantasy, part horror, Lisey’s Story delivers a perfect visceral alchemy that’s pure King.
Following King's triumphant return to the world of gory horror in Cell, the bestselling author proves he's still the master of supernatural suspense in this minimally bloody but disturbing and sorrowful love story set in rural Maine. Lisey's husband, Pulitzer Prize winning author Scott Landon, has been dead for two years at the book's start, but his presence is felt on every page. Lisey hears him so often in her head that when her catatonic sister, Amanda, begins speaking to her with Scott's voice, she finds it not so much unbelievable as inevitable. Soon she's following a trail of clues that lead her to Scott's horrifying childhood and the eerie world called Boo'ya Moon, all while trying to help Amanda and avoid a murderous stalker. Both a metaphor for coming to terms with grief and a self-referencing parable of the writer's craft, this novel answers the question King posed 25 years ago in his tale "The Reach": yes, the dead do love.
An amazing read!! Stephen King is an incredible writer!
I’m not going to lie— the first 60 pages or so I kept thinking “come on King, get to the point, where’s the story...” but I was not disappointed for one moment.
Most love stories are about “falling in love,” passionate and new, but this is a love story about true love— the kind that surpasses death. It is a tragically beautiful and horrifying story that will change the way you think of romance novels. I recommend staying with it through the first 100 pages, because King delivers a story of love and the lengths it will carry a person, even after death.
Great story!!! I had chills several times.