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Lisey's Story by Stephen King
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Jan 11, 2008

really liked it
Read in February, 2008

This was a hard book to read, but I did enjoy it. I would give it 4 stars on story, but only 3-1/2 on the way the story is told. At times, the main character, Lisey, is revisiting 2 different major events in her past, while at the same dealing with a new, frightening situation that is currently happening. So I found myself struggling to keep up with "when" she was. Also, at one point Lisey mentions an old pinto car she used to have that she had to keep cranking the ignition to get it started, and I felt the same way about when was the story going to get started. Finally, at about 150 pages in, I resigned myself to the fact that apparently this was the story... Lisey is dealing with the death of her beloved bestselling author husband. Even though it's been 2 years since his death, she can't seem to get on with her life. Lisey also has four sisters (only one of whom has a major role in the book)with which she has the usual (and some not so usual) problems. For the most part, King gets "the sister thing" right, which is good. I had to put the book down more than once, though, because it really was hard for me to read at times. Lisey has to confront things she has put "behind the purple curtain" of her mind - things she hoped to never have to think of again. But ultimately, her survival depends on tearing down the curtain. Facing those things behind the purple is a daunting task for anyone, and Lisey has to decide if she's strong enough to do so. This is, at its core, a story of two women's strength & how they deal with adversity & grief. Of course, no King book would be complete without a monster, and he doesn't disappoint in that regard. I expect this book will remain on my mind for quite a while, so I guess that alone makes it a worthwhile read.
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message 1: by Dylan (new) - added it

Dylan I was thinking of reading this one as well, but I heard it wasn't King's best work. I may have to re-consider. :D

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