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Bag of Bones

by Stephen King

Pocket Books | June 1, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound

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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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 752 pages, 6.6 × 4.1 × 1.9 in

Published: June 1, 1999

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067102423X

ISBN - 13: 9780671024239

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Bag of Bones

by Stephen King

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 752 pages, 6.6 × 4.1 × 1.9 in

Published: June 1, 1999

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067102423X

ISBN - 13: 9780671024239

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Chapter 1 On a very hot day in August of 1994, my wife told me she was going down to the Derry Rite Aid to pick up a refill on her sinus medicine prescription -- this is stuff you can buy over the counter these days, I believe. I''d finished my writing for the day and offered to pick it up for her. She said thanks, but she wanted to get a piece of fish at the supermarket next door anyway; two birds with one stone and all of that. She blew a kiss at me off the palm of her hand and went out. The next time I saw her, she was on TV. That''s how you identify the dead here in Derry -- no walking down a subterranean corridor with green tiles on the walls and long fluorescent bars overhead, no naked body rolling out of a chilly drawer on casters; you just go into an office marked PRIVATE and look at a TV screen and say yep or nope. The Rite Aid and the Shopwell are less than a mile from our house, in a little neighborhood strip mall which also supports a video store, a used-book store named Spread It Around (they do a very brisk business in my old paperbacks), a Radio Shack, and a Fast Foto. It''s on Up-Mile Hill, at the intersection of Witcham and Jackson. She parked in front of Blockbuster Video, went into the drugstore, and did business with Mr. Joe Wyzer, who was the druggist in those days; he has since moved on to the Rite Aid in Bangor. At the checkout she picked up one of those little chocolates with marshmallow inside, this one in the shape of a mouse. I found it later, in he
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From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

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.

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.

From Our Editors

Stephen King has a way of turning our most deep-rooted fears and anxieties into heart-stopping fiction. Now he offers us Bag of Bones - a story marked by grief and the essence of lingering lost love. Set on the banks of Dark Score Lake in remote Western Maine, this novel introduces us to the plight of Mike Noonan, a 40-year-old best-selling writer grappling with writer's block and the loss of his beloved wife. Mike's nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the summerhouse, Sara Laughs, he once shared with his wife. Despite these dreams, Mike returns to Sara Laughs and encounters a town held in the grip of millionaire Max Devore. Soon Mike is drawn into a custody battle and the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and ever-escalating nightmares. A vivid and enthralling story woven in the voice of North America's premier storyteller.

Editorial Reviews

Atlanta Journal & Constitution It may be that after thirty-one novels, Stephen King is just getting started....Bag of Bones may be Stephen King''s most ambitious novel ...the effort has inspired a new directness and maturity in his work....Very few writers can convey the passive terrors of nightmares better than King, and he crafts one amazing dream sequence after another.
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