Check out my Liseys Story book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. Lisey's Story is a novel by American author Stephen King that combines elements of psychological horror and romance. The novel was released on October 24, 2006.

It won the 2006 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the 2007 World Fantasy Award. An initial excerpt from the novel, a short story entitled "Lizzie and the Madman", was published in McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories (2004) and was nominated for the 2004 Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction. King says it's one of his favorite novels.

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Lisey's Story was created in 2003, when King contracted double pneumonia; While he was in the hospital, his wife, Tabitha, decided to redesign his studio. Coming home from the hospital and seeing his books and belongings in the box, King saw a picture of what his studio would look like after his death.

Liseys Story book summary :

Lisey's Story is the story of Lisey Landon, the widow of Scott London, a famous and highly successful novelist. The book tells two stories — the story of Lisi now and the life of her dead husband, as Lisi remembers during the novel.

It's been two years since the famous writer Scott London died, and his widow Lise (pronounced / ːliːsi / LEE-see) is still in the process of cleaning up her husband's writing space. In the last two years many academics have come to him hoping to find some writing that he may have missed, such as an unpublished manuscript.

 Lizzie said goodbye to everyone in their turn that she was still working through the clearing, although her lack of progress speaks volumes. Her mentally fragile sister Amanda spends a day with him, searching through piles of books and magazines to find any pictures where Lisi appears or is mentioned.

Lizzie begins to relive her past, when she saves Scott from being fatally shot by an insane fan. To avoid revealing horrible memories, he often shuts himself off in the middle. After Amanda discovers that her ex-husband is remarried and is returning to town, she opens her arms and moves to Catatonia.

Before Amanda is admitted to an institution, Lizzie overhears her sister speak in Scott's voice, telling him that she has finally created a "bull" hunt with a reward. One day he receives a disturbing phone call from a man known as Jack McCull, claiming that if Lice does not hand over Scott's documents to a professor whom he recently fired, Jack will be forced to hit him.

 Her next step is to send her a threatening letter and a dead cat in her mailbox. At this point Lissy warns the authorities, although they may offer him the most to keep a patrol car next to his house, unless there is an emergency elsewhere. This does not deter Jack at all and eventually he hides in his property and distorts her with the can opener.

Throughout the book, Lizzie begins to encounter some realities about her husband that she suppressed and forgot. He recalls Scott's past — how he came from a family with a history of terrible mental illness that manifested itself as mania or deep catatonia of an uncontrolled murder, how he had a special gift,

He had the power to take himself to another world, which he called "Buia Moon" with his own unique danger, how Paul of Scotland's brother Paul was killed by their father when, at the age of thirteen, Paul committed suicide due to a family illness and tried to kill Scott. , And how Scott really died.

Using his own subduing powers to cross the Buia Mune, Lisi is able to pull Amanda out of her Catatonia, bring Jack into another world, and entice her to her horrible death by the claws of an evil world-crossing beast. Buia stalks in the moon forest.

The reward at the end of the hunt is a diary of Scott's last days with his family, where Scott ends up with London's confession that he was forced to kill his own father to save him from the madness that had finally gripped him.

The following week Lissy is able to pack and leave Scott's belongings, as she now believes she has moved on. Now that Lizzie has a hard time keeping herself stuck in this world, she often goes back to the buoyant moon in her sleep and sometimes awake. The book ends with a farewell to Scott in the now-zero study.

Liseys Story book review :

I like the way Lisi's story is structured. There are 15 very, very long chapters in Lisi's story. The narrative effortlessly goes back in time to the present, between Lisi and Scott's long marriage and Scott's childhood. I liked the way King used it to filter back stories without slowing down or harassing the reader with details.

I think the characterization in Lisi's story is excellent. Lisey is a very interesting and well drawn character. King does a great job showing his readers the grief of a woman and the struggle to get her life back on track after the death of a loved one.

The depiction of the king's grief is very realistic. Lisi's sister Amanda is also a very good character. He suffers from the same mental illness that plagued Scott's family. Early in Lisi's story, Amanda breaks down. I felt it was very well written. Even petty characters such as police officers who patrol Lisi's house when she starts being bullied by a confused fan of Scott.

I’ve enjoyed a lot about Lisey’s story. I loved that Lizzie started sorting out Scott's things and remembering their long, intimate wedding. I loved Scott's childhood flashbacks. Her father was suffering from insanity.

His family has a history of insanity. When these ‘bouts’ were bad he would cut Scott and his brother Paul to get rid of the madness. Paul went insane at the age of 13 and Scott saw his father kill him. Scott kills his father when he tries to kill him.

Lizzie, a professor at Scott's Old College, was contacted by him who thought she had a right to any of Scott's papers. Following this, Lisi is pushed and later beaten and mutilated by an insane fan of Scott, who appears to have been 'vira' by the professor. I found these elements very well written and enjoyable.

Scott could travel to another world which he referred to as Buia Moon. He was healed using a pool on this earth when his father cut him off. He used the strange world as his inspiration.

He buried his father and Paul on this earth when they died. When his mental state began to deteriorate, he found a way to allow Amanda to travel here. This stuff didn't work for me.

I'm not sure why. I'm all for another world and strange dimensions. I just feel like Bua Moon doesn't fit in with the rest of Lisi's story. There is no other supernatural element in the novel so it does not blend in with the rest of the story. I would have loved Lisi's story more if Buia Moon had been completely cut off or had a place inside Scott's head instead of another world.

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