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Bag of Bones: A Novel

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"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

Review:

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

Review:

"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

Review:

"[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

Review:

"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

Review:

"This is King at his clever, terrifying best." Mademoiselle

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

NOW AN A&E TELEVISION EVENT—

STEPHEN KINGS POWERFUL TALE OF LOST LOVES ENDURING BONDS AND HAUNTING SECRETS FROM THE PAST. . . .

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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rae2fun, October 20, 2011 (view all comments by rae2fun)
I loved this book! I have read it at least 10 times. I wore out my paperback copy so my grandma got me the hard back book for a gift. It is intruiging, and keeps you enthralled, and you can not help but fall in love with the characters.
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Stephanie Hammerwold, April 14, 2008 (view all comments by Stephanie Hammerwold)
I finished this book a few days ago, but the story still lingers in my mind. The way that Stephen King writes about Sara Laughs and the surrounding town makes me want to move there--ghosts and all! The story is very tangible and engaging.
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blue_rose, July 14, 2007 (view all comments by blue_rose)
As the flap on the book says, Bag of Bones is Stephen King's most gripping and unforgettable novel. Very true indeed. It's my favorite book of his. The characters are by far the realest I've encountered in any work of fiction. They've stayed with me long after finishing the book. While I've read lots of good books, most of them don't have that kind of lasting effect that Bag of Bones has. It's a rarity.

It's a very emotional story, touching on every emotion, and with great depth. I laughed, I cried, I felt fear. I loved it when I read it, and my love for it continues to linger - behold the power of an ineffably great book, in my opinion, the best ever written.

Whether you're a King fan or not, I highly recommend this book. I can't praise it enough.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671024239
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
Custody of children
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Grandfathers
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
King, stephen, 1947-
Subject:
Widowers
Subject:
Maine Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Series Volume:
95-3309
Publication Date:
June 1999
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 12.11 oz

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Product details 752 pages Pocket Books - English 9780671024239 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "...King's most narratively subversive fiction.... Popular fiction just doesn't get any weirder than this."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "This is King at his clever, terrifying best."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , NOW AN A&E TELEVISION EVENT—

STEPHEN KINGS POWERFUL TALE OF LOST LOVES ENDURING BONDS AND HAUNTING SECRETS FROM THE PAST. . . .

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?

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