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LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King Kirkus Star


by Stephen King

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 2006
ISBN: 0-7432-8941-2
Publisher: Scribner

The widow of a bestselling novelist reveals that the wellspring for his ideas is a very dark place, indeed.

First and last, this is a powerful love story—and love causes people to do strange and remarkable things. It has been two years since legendary novelist Scott Landon died. His widow, Lisey, has finally summoned the strength to begin clearing and cataloguing his workspace. It is a significant metaphor that Scott and Lisey never had children. Instead, their coupling allowed him to produce numerous novels that thrilled readers. His bestselling works are filled with raw emotion. Academic vultures circle the widow, desperate for access to Scott’s massive archive of unpublished works, notes and secrets. And some of those secrets are worth killing for. Only Lisey knows the source of Scott’s magic, the place where imagination runs wild, the place called Boo’Ya Moon. Scott and Lisey shared a life full of passion, but his death has left a void in her life. She is adrift, confused and stalked by supernatural forces. Incunks prowl, while Lisey chases bools and ducks blood-bools. Sometimes it is unclear where her reality stops and her imagination takes over. Battling against Scott’s legacy, Lisey also comes face to face with her own demons at the edge of Boo’Ya Moon. King is surprisingly introspective and mature here. He showcases the agony and the ecstasy of the writing process. Where Misery (1987) looked at the relationship between writer and fan, this time it is that of the writer and his one true love. There seems to be much of King in the character of Scott (although Scott is both a Pulitzer- and National Book Award–winner). Pain and suffering are Scott’s literary trademarks. The Buddha taught that the end of suffering is supreme happiness. When King finally reveals Lisey’s fate, we all reach the same destination in Boo’Ya Moon.

One of King’s finest works.