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The #1 New York Times bestseller — as well as a New York Times Book Review Best Book of 2011 — an “extraordinary” (USA TODAY) novel by Stephen King about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination.

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 Texas town 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.

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WINNER OF THE 2012 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE

Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.

President John F. Kennedy is dead.

Life can turn on a dime — or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his fathers sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away... but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake's friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession — to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diners storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke.... Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten... and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

In Stephen King's “most ambitious and accomplished” (NPR) novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Prize as well as the best hardcover from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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cswanson7, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by cswanson7)
A Stephen King novel is always a treat. This one had an interesting theory to what if things were different for us that fateful American day. However, the results weren't always as good as they may have sounded.
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Reader in SF, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Reader in SF)
My favorite book of 2012! It's been years since I've read anything by Stephen King, and then it was mostly horror stories that fueled teen summers. I'd forgotten: he can tell a great story. Wholly absorbing, rich in details, immediately compelling. I was sad to see it end.
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nezpro, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by nezpro)
This is an excellent departure for Mr. King. I was in grade school when John Kennedy was assassinated and can still remember with vividness the shock and sadness of the nation. Everyone knew that our lives and the path of this nation would never be the same. How many of us would jump at the opportunity to go back in time if we could alter that one single event. Of course things are seldom what they seem and changing the path of our collective future in such a critical way may be both astounding and frightening. Mr. King takes the reader on quite an enjoyable journey as the pages of his story unfold. The characters are multidimensional yet easy to relate to. Definitely a must read for anyone interested in time travel, politics, history, or the simple complexity of a novel that is too good to put down. Do yourself a favor and read this book. You will not be disappointed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451627299
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
880
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.

President John F. Kennedy is dead.

Life can turn on a dime — or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his fathers sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away... but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake's friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession — to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diners storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke.... Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten... and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

In Stephen King's “most ambitious and accomplished” (NPR) novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

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