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Bag of Bones: A Novelby Stephen King
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Here is Stephen King's most gripping and unforgettable novel — a tale of grief and lost love's enduring bonds, of haunting secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.
Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra's struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here — and what do they want of Mike Noonan?
It is no secret that King is one of our most mesmerizing storytellers. In Bag of Bones, he proves to be one of our most moving as well.
"Mr. King makes palpable the longing and regret that arise out of calamity, and deftly renders the kindness and pettiness that can mark small-town life. What is more, he creates a fully realized world in which a character whose efforts to remain lucid when confronted with the malevolence and the blessing of the paranormal seems both plausible and hopeful." Bob Hughes, The Wall Street Journal
"...King's most narratively subversive fiction.... Popular fiction just doesn't get any weirder than this." Tom De Haven, Entertainment Weekly
"Bag of Bones proves that King is as seductive a storyteller as ever, pulling readers along as he explores the hidden evils of small-town America." People
"[O]ne of King's most accomplished novels. It is his most personal as well, revealing through Mike's broodings the intimacies of the creative writing process: a passionate gift from a veteran author to all who care about the art and craft of storytelling." Publishers Weekly
"Stephen King is so widely accepted as America's master of paranormal terrors that you can forget his real genius is for the everyday....King [has] an eye for the kind of small but moving details that don't typically distinguish blockbuster horror novels." The New York Times Book Review
"This is King at his clever, terrifying best." Mademoiselle
"King's attempt to write an American lumpen bourgeois cognate to du Maurier's masterpiece founders because of a couple of his constant temptations: too many words and too much vulgarity." Booklist
"King's bag of details gives Bones fresh life....One of his most literary efforts...King is a master at crafting a story and creating a sense of place." USA Today
"Bag of Bones is, in a high-literary sense, probably King's most ambitious book since...The Dead Zone....King's instincts, and that irresolvable-seeming tension, animate every page...it practically brings the whole [ghost story] genre back to life." GQ
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Four years after the sudden death of his wife, bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving, unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at Sara Laughs, the Maine summerhouse that seems to be calling to him. Reluctantly returning to the lakeside getaway, Mike finds a small town in the soulless grip of a powerful millionaire, a single mother fighting to keep her three-year-old daughter, and a miasma of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors at his remote cabin. Drawn to Matties dilemma and falling in love with her and with young Kyra, Mike must still face the terrifying forces that have been unleashed at the lakes edge—what do they want with Mike Noonan?
About the Author
Stephen King is the O. Henry Award-winning author of more than thirty books, including The Shining, The Stand, The Green Mile, and the stories on which the Academy Award-nominated films Carrie, Stand by Me, and Shawshank Redemption are based. His most recent volume in the Dark Tower series is Wizard and Glass. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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