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11/22/63 - Stephen King

11/22/63

Author Stephen King

  • Published: 2011-11-08
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Stars
4.5
From 457 Customers Review
Price: $11.99

Description

One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Soon to be a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco


ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Good read

    5
    From DjdannyD1991
    Ah the complexities of time travel, the book seems like straight forward time travel genre but its more than that. It's one of the best books I've read. Stephen manages to work in a bit of suspense, mystery , romance and time travel all in one not to mention being historically accurate (for the most part) and have it all flow together flawlessly. I'd recommend this book to anyone. Read all 1000 pages in 2 days.
  • Incredible

    5
    From Henoky8
    Just Amazing!
  • King at his best!

    5
    From _calactus_
    Brings us back to another era. Loved it!
  • Great Story!

    5
    From Bparksie84
    I loved it from start to finish!!
  • Brilliant!

    5
    From tommylupo
    If you love history and are fascinated with time travel, this book is a must read. I never wanted the tale of Jake Epping/George Amberson to end. The way it was told kept me wanting more, and I was extremely sad when I got to the end. This is by far the best book I've ever read and hope that it gets turned into a movie because I love the story so much. Hats off to you Mr. King, simply brilliant! Thomas Michalkos
  • Best Book I Have Ever Read

    5
    From Sabresfan5980
    Brilliant!
  • Great as always

    4
    From Paul Lymer
    Fascinating story. As always, Stephen King draws the reader in on the first page. Highly recommend this for a summer read.
  • Captivating

    5
    From riocanada17
    Loved every minute. Great read.
  • Spectacular

    5
    From ballbabe20
    I am not normally a Stephen King reader, but this book stuck with me after I read the cover. It was a spectacular book, a truly original idea that was very well written.
  • Not bad

    4
    From Casscan
    I'm a pretty hardcore Stephen King fan, and also a fan of he Kennedy conspiracy theories. While I don't think this is his best book, it is still a solid 4 star effort. I thought he did some interesting things with the premise. Definitely worth the time and money to read.