Lisey's Story

A Novel

Lisey's Story

The “haunting…tender, intimate book that makes an epic interior journey” (The New York Times), Lisey’s Story is a literary masterpiece—an extraordinarily moving and haunting portrait of a marriage and its aftermath.

Lisey lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey knew there was a place Scott went—a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it’s Lisey’s turn to face Scott’s demons, to go to that terrifying place known as Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.

“Intricate...Exhilirating” (The New Yorker), perhaps Stephen King’s most personal and powerful novel ever, Lisey’s Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love. It is a beautiful, “rich portrait of a marriage, and the complicated affection that outlives death” (The Washington Post).


Lisey's Story

Their love was the first chapter, but she didn’t get the whole story until he died. An unforgettable story of escaping your demons by Stephen King.

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Lisey’s Story includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Lisey Landon’s husband, Scott, died two years before this story opens, after a twenty-five year marriage. An award-winning, bestselling novelist, Scott left a collection of papers Lisey finally sets about organizing. But what begins as an effort to sort through her adored husband’s possessions soon becomes a journey into the past. There was a place Scott went, a secret place called Boo’Ya Moon, that inspired and healed him, terrified him and set his imagination free. It was a place with demons both figurative and literal. Lisey must contend with these demons as an obsessed, deranged fan of her husband’s comes after her and she has nowhere else to flee. Venturing ever deeper into the darkness Scott inhabited, Lisey finds herself on an odyssey into the heart of creativity, memory, and love.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. “There was a lot they didn’t tell you about death, she had discovered, and one of the biggies was how long it took the ones you loved most to die in your heart.” (page 332) Is see more

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About the Author

Stephen King
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Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. His epic series, The Dark Tower, is the basis for a major motion picture from Sony. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.