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Lisey's Story


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The outstanding new novel from Number One bestselling author Stephen King

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Stephen King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He is the author of more than forty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His most recent includeCELL and THE DARK TOWER VII. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


King's latest bid for literary respectability is read by acclaimed actress Winningham, best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in Georgia. Winningham glazes King's novel in multiple coats of Southern honey, her voice shimmering with an old-fashioned glow for the tale of Lisey Landon, wife of acclaimed novelist Scott Landon, and her effort to discover the source of her husband's inspiration after his death. Winningham is a good fit for King in a less terror-filled mood, capturing the book's blend of the sentimental and the comic. The narrative is ushered in and out by the strains of Ryan Adams's "When the Stars Go Blue," and King reads his own afterword, where he details the sources of his own inspiration, carefully distancing himself and his loved ones from the characters in his book while making it clear that, like Scott Landon, he must dive deep into his subconscious and into the pool of literary history, to find inspiration. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 28). (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'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 20061101 '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 20061101 '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 20061028 'LISEY'S STORY is up there with his finest...Please don't ever give up writing, Stephen King' -- Evening Standard 20061020 '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 20061020 'This story really shines' -- London Lite 20061020 '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 20061020 '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 20061020 '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) 20061020 'Awondrous novel of marriage, a love story steeped in strength and tenderness, and cast with the most vivid, touching and believable characters in recent literature ... Adazzling novel that you'll thank yourself for reading long after the final page is turned.' -- Nicholas Sparks, author of THE NOTEBOOK 'Accomplished ... unputdownable ... his mesmerising best' -- Observer on BAG OF BONES 'An incredibly gifted storyteller' -- Guardian

King's latest is a love story with supernatural elements. Lisey Landon, who has long been the unassuming woman of strength behind the fame of her novelist husband, Scott, emerges to tell the story of their marriage and her widowhood. She is in the process of finally dealing with Scott's books and papers when she is brought up short by a series of threats from a psychopathic fan, by the mental health crisis of her sister Amanda, and by clues set by her late husband leading her on a posthumous "bool"-hunt. Unfortunately, King's use of fabricated words, which on one level effectively portrays the intimate language of a close marriage and is perhaps only slightly irritating on the printed page, become distractingly so when read out loud. Extraordinarily long pauses in the narration (the listener imagining whole pages left blank in the printed book) are similarly annoying. Still, actress Mare Winningham successfully voices a variety of characters in a wide range of emotional states, and King never fails to tell a story that is well paced and thoroughly engaging. Recommended for most libraries.-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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