Lisey's Story

Lisey's Story

Paperback - 2016
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*Soon to be an Apple TV+ limited series starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen*

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 ).
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781501138256
Characteristics: 513 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 06, 2020

I agree that this book took a couple of chapters to get into and I almost returned it. Once I became involved in the story, however, I found it hard to put down and it's one I'll remember for quite some time. Would be interesting to see this as a movie.

Apr 27, 2015

Lisey's story is not one of King's finer reads. It was slow-going getting into the plot and I hoped it would become more worthwhile by being a major tie-in to the Dark Tower series but this book isn't very relevant to that. There are elements to this story that are very interesting but there's so much to read through just to get to those parts

Feb 20, 2012

A very difficult book to read as it jumps around way to much to be able to keep track of what is happening - is a very slow read.

Sep 04, 2011

wonderful book. One of those that I still remember and want to re-read

fairbae Apr 23, 2011

Lisey's Story started off slow at first, but once you started to understand the characters it was hard to put down.

Dec 20, 2010


lucky Nov 20, 2008

A book about the complex struggles of the human mind.

Aug 21, 2008

I absolutely fell in love with this book and the characters. This is by far my favourite Stephen King novel.


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lucky Nov 20, 2008

Sexual Content: There is sexual content in this book.

lucky Nov 20, 2008

Violence: There is a part where it describes vividly scenes of violence.

lucky Nov 20, 2008

Coarse Language: There is a lot of swearing in this book.


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lucky Nov 20, 2008

lucky thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over


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lucky Nov 20, 2008

Lisey is still grieving over the loss of her husband, after two years. She is reliving the events of his lifetime in her head. Will she ever be able to let go?


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lucky Nov 20, 2008

"That smucking Zack."

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