Thursday, November 22, 2012

11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63 by Stephen King
2011, Scribner

Synopsis: On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever.

If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

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Why read: I'm reading all of Stephen King's books.

What impressed me: This is one of Stephen King's very best non-horror titles. So very, very long, but every page necessary - which is not always the case with King's super lengthy titles. You really care about Jake while getting to know him and his motivations deeply. The history feels solid (from someone who isn't a huge history buff) and is completely fascinating. Everything about this book is totally perfect.

What disappointed me: Absolutely nothing.

Recommended: Very highly recommended.

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