Lisey's Story by Stephen King
a Novel

68%

16 Critic Reviews

Lisey's Story is short on tension and poorly paced. There's a lot of preparation to be got through before the supernatural element arrives and by then the time-scheme has become very awkward.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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...Exhilirating” (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).
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published October 24, 2006 by Scribner. 688 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Lisey's Story
All: 16 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 4

NY Times

Above average
on Nov 12 2006

You come away from “Lisey’s Story” convinced of the existence of King’s fantastic realm and of something else rarer still in fiction, a long, happy marriage.

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NY Times

Above average
on Oct 23 2006

Here is a tender, intimate book that makes an epic interior journey without covering much physical terrain...The scope sounds modest, yet this book is haunting even by Mr. King’s standards.

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Guardian

Above average
on Oct 28 2006

Because, as bool after bool goes boom, and Lisey gets further and further back into the difficult past, this turns out to be a consummate, compassionate novel - one of King's very best.

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Guardian

Above average
on Oct 22 2006

Lisey's Story is short on tension and poorly paced. There's a lot of preparation to be got through before the supernatural element arrives and by then the time-scheme has become very awkward.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

...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.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Sep 27 2007

I think you have to love Lisey. She is understated but to the point. Quietly sarcastic and wonderfully decent, dependable and unpretentious, she is the last person we think of when thinking heroism, yet in every respect she is.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Jan 02 2007

Lisey's Story...is not just one novel; it's a fantasy, a mystery, a horror story, and a love story. At 509 pages, it's long. It's also confusing, at first. But keep reading, and what seems strange will become normal, what is mystifying, clear.

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Examiner

Above average
on Aug 07 2012

Lisey's Story is an emotional book and arguably the most lyrical Stephen King has ever been in his writing. As Lisey is assaulted by memories we learn more and more about her writer husband and why she loved him so much.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Jan 11 2011

As for LISEY'S STORY, I am glad I kept reading. What higher praise is there than that? While it is not my favorite King novel --- that remains MISERY, for personal reasons --- it is probably his best written.

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AV Club

Above average
on Oct 25 2006

This is a page-turner with a purpose, demonstrating through King's pure storytelling skill how a fictional world can draw people in because they need it to.

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Suite 101

Above average

Although the tale is of sadness – a woman who’s grieving for her husband – there is hope and strength that makes this more than just a maudlin novel.

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About.com Bestsellers

Above average
on Oct 26 2006

But I will say this about Lisey’s Story. It is mesmerizing. And more for the incredible character of Lisey Debusher Landon than the horrific spells King usually casts on his readers.

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About.com Bestsellers

Above average

But the "throw all caution to the wind" type of writing King uses here has its dangers. Lisey’s Story is such an impassioned work, it almost comes crashing down on itself.

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BellaOnline

Above average

In the end, I felt the book was about a man’s love and appreciation of a wife who helped him to survive. It may not be a 5 star Stephen King title, but I enjoyed it. Just give yourself plenty of time because it’s a long read.

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SF Reader

Above average
on Apr 08 2012

While I did enjoy the book and recommend it to anyone, especially Stephen King fans, I do have to say that the first 50 pages of the book or so are VERY roughly written. It took me a while to get into the book because of this.

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http://www.citypaper.com

Above average
on Dec 27 2006

If you want serious meditations on the creative act and the hysteria of fandom, you'd be better off with the far superior The Shining , Misery, ...Instead, read Lisey's Story for the dead cats, shadowy psychotics, and otherworldly monsters.

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