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Lisey's Story


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Stephen King was awarded the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and was voted Grand Master at the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. He is the author of more than forty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent stand-alone novels include DREAMCATCHER and CELL. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha 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. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'Popular novelist Dickens is an apt comparison -- stands among the best things that this formidable writer has done' -- Sam Leith, Saturday Telegraph 'Thrilling, genuinely terrifying, beautifully textured and full of wonderful invention' -- Daily Mail 'Stephen King's career-best novel, LISEY'S STORY, a psychological thriller of extraordinary sensitivity that takes the reader deep into the dark places in us all' -- Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday 'Up there with his finest ... Please don't ever give up writing, Stephen King' -- Evening Standard 'King is the greatest popular novelist of our day, comparable to Dickens -- and one of the reasons for his pre-eminence is that (like Dickens) he keeps his readers with him all the time!A consummate and compassionate novel -- one of King's very best' -- Toby Litt, Guardian '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 'Accomplished ... unputdownable ... his mesmerising best' -- Observer on BAG OF BONES 'An incredibly gifted storyteller' -- Guardian 'Contains some of the most powerful and affecting passages that King has ever written' -- Barry Forshaw, Daily Express 'The true narrative artist is a rare creature. Storytelling - the ability to make the listener or the reader need to know, demand to know, what happens next - is a gift...Stephen King, like Charles Dickens before him, has this gift in spades.' -- The Times on CELL 'King has that rare skill of making you believe it could happen' -- Sydney Morning Herald on CELL 'Gory, extremely entertaining and with a plot to imagine oneself in, this is another winner from the cellphone-avoiding horror master' -- Daily News, New Zealand on CELL 'Acracking good story with a sting in its tale' -- Herald Sun, Australia 'This is a roller-coaster ride that will thrill many' -- Sydney Morning Herald

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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