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11/22/63 A Novel (Hardcover)

Author:  Stephen King
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1451627289
ISBN-13: 9781451627282
Sku: 220392775
Publish Date: 11/8/2011
Sales Rank: 85442
Pages:  849
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Product Description
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination-a thousand page tour de force.

Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King 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.


Synopsis
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.

A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.
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Receiving a horrific essay from a GED student with a traumatic past, high-school English teacher Jake Epping is enlisted by a friend to travel back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a mission for which he must befriend troubled loner Lee Harvey Oswald.
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Iconic author Stephen King enlists his readers on an adventure through time so remarkable that even the characters in the book find hard to believe. What if it were possible to travel back in time and change the course of history? That is exactly what small-town high school teacher Jack Epping discovers in 11/22/63: the opportunity to return to 1958 to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Taking on the new name George Amberson for his life in the 1950s, this teacher throws himself headfirst through the time portal (that mysteriously exists in his friend Al's diner pantry) and into his new life. Attempting to stop the assassination, George must track down the assailant--and come to understand his new (old) time. At just under 900 pages, this is a big book, and King makes the most of it--addressing age-old questions about human agency, love, and the flexibility of history. And because of King's masterful storytelling abilities, everyone--readers and unlikely heroes--will get swept away by 11/22/63. Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Reviews as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011.Iconic author Steven King enlists his readers on an adventure through time that even the characters in the book find hard to believe. But because of King's masterful storytelling abilities, everyone--readers and unlikely heroes--will get swept away. What if it were possible to travel back in time and change the course of history? That is exactly what small-town high school teacher Jack Epping discovers in 11/22/63: the opportunity to return to 1958 to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Let the games begin!
Author Bio
Stephen King
Born in 1947, Stephen King has become a household name all over the world. His mother raised him and his brother after their father deserted the family in 1950. In high school, King began to write short stories, his first published work appearing in 1968. He attended the University of Maine, graduating with a B.S. in 1970. Up until his first novel appeared, King had worked in an industrial laundry, as a janitor, as well as an English teacher. CARRIE, his debut, was met by a largely indifferent public in 1974. It wasn't until two years later, after King's second novel 'SALEM'S LOT and the filmed version of CARRIE, that King became a major player in the horror field. THE SHINING, his 1977 haunted hotel novel, began a litany of bestsellers, including THE STAND, THE DEAD ZONE, PET SEMETARY, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, and many others. King's work is regarded as instrumental in bringing about a resurgence of interest in horror fiction in the 1970s and '80s. An extremely high percentage of King's voluminous literary output has been filmed, with varying degrees of success, but all serving to carry the name of Stephen King far and wide. He has written nonfiction, given lectures, acted in films, and continues to produce huge novels nearly every year, all of which become instant bestsellers. As an bizarre sidenote, during the summer of 1999 while walking along a back road in Maine, King was struck and seriously injured by a minivan whose driver apparently lost control of the vehicle while being distracted by his dog--thus creating exactly the kind of news item that might have inspired several of King's own novels.

Praise

"The pages of 11/22/63 fly by, filled with immediacy, pathos and suspense. It takes great brazenness to go anywhere near this subject matter. But it takes great skill to make this story even remotely credible. Mr. King makes it all look easy, which is surely his book's fanciest trick." - Janet Maslin 10/31/2011

"It all adds up to one of the best time-travel stories since H. G. Wells. King has captured something wonderful. Could it be the bottomlessness of reality? The closer you get to history, the more mysterious it becomes. He has written a deeply romantic and pessimistic book. It's romantic about the real possibility of love, and pessimistic about everything else." - Errol Morris 11/13/2011

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