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Stephen King's most gripping and unforgettable novel, Bag of Bones, is a story of grief and a lost love's enduring bonds, of a new love haunted by the secrets of the past, of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

Set in the Maine territory King has made mythic, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving even four years after the sudden death of his wife, Jo, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his word processor.

Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the house by the lake. Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, Mike finally returns to Sara Laughs, the Noonans' isolated summer home.

He finds his beloved Yankee town familiar on its surface, but much changed underneath — held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, who twists the very fabric of the community to his purpose: to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother. As Mike is drawn into their 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, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here — and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

As vivid and enthralling as King's most enduring works, Bag of Bones resonates with what Amy Tan calls "the witty and obsessive voice of King's powerful imagination." It's no secret that King is our most mesmerizing storyteller. In Bag of Bones — described by Gloria Naylor as "a love story about the dark places within us all" — he proves to be one of our most moving.

Review:

"Carrying galley copy that avoids the h(orror) word while touting its 'O. Henry Award-winning author,' King's latest novel features a marketing campaign in accord with the distinguished pedigree of his new publisher. But has King written a book that ranks him as a literary heavyweight? Indeed he has, though not by forsaking his roots: the novel is a classic ghost story....From his mint-fresh etching of spooky rural Maine to his masterful pacing and deft handling of numerous themes...this is one 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

Review:

"...King's most narratively subversive fiction.... Popular fiction just doesn't get any weirder than this." Tom De Haven, Entertainment Weekly

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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crowyhead, August 22, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I know a lot of people really didn't like this novel much, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. It's not so much of a horror novel as much of King's other work, at least not in a "horrible supernatural creatures rampaging about the landscape" kind of way. It's a very psychological tale, and the really scary parts don't come from things that go bump in the night, but from real people, which makes it rather unsettling. I did feel that it was perhaps overly long, and it takes things a very, very long time to come to a head. In the process, though, you get a very strong feel for the main character and his motivations, which is a refreshing change from some of King's more slam-bang works.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684853505
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Large type books
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
Custody of children
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Grandfathers
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Widowers
Subject:
Maine Fiction.
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Suspense
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19980922
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
No
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 31.536 oz

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Product details 544 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780684853505 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Carrying galley copy that avoids the h(orror) word while touting its 'O. Henry Award-winning author,' King's latest novel features a marketing campaign in accord with the distinguished pedigree of his new publisher. But has King written a book that ranks him as a literary heavyweight? Indeed he has, though not by forsaking his roots: the novel is a classic ghost story....From his mint-fresh etching of spooky rural Maine to his masterful pacing and deft handling of numerous themes...this is one 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."
"Review" by , "...King's most narratively subversive fiction.... Popular fiction just doesn't get any weirder than this."
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