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  • Published: New York : Scribner, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
  • Description: 849 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781451627282
  • 1451627289


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by King, Stephen, 1947-

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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The author's new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. In this novel that is a tribute to a simpler era, he sweeps readers back in time to another moment, a real life moment, when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history. 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 fifty 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.

Community Reviews


A thrilling novel that strays from King's usual horror genre, turning a hackneyed time travel plot line into a real page-turner. I highly recommend to anyone who has the determination to get through the 800+ pages!

Irresistable concept

Show of hands. Who would like to go back in time and change something? Just be careful what you wish for. This was a good book though Mister King seems to get somewhat long-winded in the middle portion. I also thought there was too much emphasis on the love story aspect of the book. All in all this was an enjoyable read. B+.

What an era...

Agree with jaegerla review...it is very good. I just wish we could go back to the late 50s and early 60s and live the simple life.

Liked It

For fear of ruining the story for anyone all I will say is that:
1) Stephen King does a great job of bringing the past to life
2) He manages to give the Oswalds humanity
3) He makes a lot of plugs for the value of libraries. They were integral to research in the past, offer aid to millions of people now, and will be extremely important in the future as well.

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