A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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"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."--Pub.
Published: New York : Gallery Books, 2012.
Edition: Gallery paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781451627299
Branch Call Number: F KIN
Characteristics: 849, [14] pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Eleven twenty-two sixty-three


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This has become one of my favorite Stephen King novels. If you could go back in time and change just one thing, what would it be? Jake Epping decides to try to save President Kennedy. There's a lot of history packed into almost 850 pages of this fanciful retelling of that tragic moment.

DBRL_KrisA Dec 19, 2016

This is my first ever read of anything by Stephen King. The premise here is that the narrator has access to a "rabbit hole", a gateway to the past. The rabbit hole always takes him back to the same day in 1958. He is convinced by a friend to go back in time and stop Lee Harvey Oswald fr... Read More »

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Jun 17, 2021

I'm a big King fan, but this book was okay. It had great transitions but book was to long. Seemed as if it was stretched out. The research involved was just amazing and the book was so detailed like all his others. I don't recommend this for a quick read but if you want to pass time It's good read.

Apr 21, 2021

About 300 pages worth of story dragged out to over 800 pages. Lame!

Dec 29, 2020

Was a good idea about time travel, but thought the story about saving JFK got hijacked by the subplot. (Life in small town 'Jodie Texas' and Jack falling in love with the school librarian, Sadie.)

I thought Jack wanting to stay in 1963 and never return to his own time of 2011 was kind of troubling too. It made him seem selfish and escapist. Jack is willing to ignore racism, sexism, and unchecked pollution because he has Sadie and people are more "neighborly." Really? Nobel prize winner Sinclair Lewis might have had something to say about being "neighborly" in his novel "Main Street."

On the plus side, "11/22/63" seemed really well researched and I had fun looking up movies, music, and other things mentioned about everyday life back then. The story flows along if readers can put up with the long digressions into Jack's 'other' life in the small town.

Others might really like the novel. The long subplot, and Jack kind of being an escapist unwilling to live in the present just wasn't for me.

Dec 01, 2020

An absolute page turner. Readers can tell King really researched the hell out of the era and left no detail out. Even though I spent the entire time trying to guess or figure out what would happen next, King continued to surprise throughout the story. I was absolutely engrossed.

jrbubbles1 Oct 16, 2020

This is another time travel book where the person traveling has to decide whether it is right to change history or not. Jake goes back in time with the intention of stopping Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating Kennedy. When the time comes he has to decide what is the moral thing to do. I found the story interesting.

Oct 12, 2020

Wow, what a stonker. Over 1,000 pages in the larger print version. King's concept here is so expansive. It contains the King-isms and humor that you'd expect. But you actually feel his enjoyment while writing this, that makes it my favorite SK work. 4.5/5

JCLCharlesH Sep 16, 2020

In this time travel thriller novel, English teacher Jake Epping is given the chance to go back in time and stop the 1963 assassination of JFK. Violent and creepy as you would expect for a Stephen King story, the time travel rules are clearly explained, and the story is methodically paced. References to other stories by King took me out of the tale, but if you love time travel "What if" questions, this book is for you.

Sep 03, 2020

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Jun 22, 2020

The novel 11/22/63 by Stephen King is an excellent book that combines real-life history, with a few supernatural elements, while still creating a believable and vibrant world. The novel follows a high school teacher named Jake Epping who goes back in time in order to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The book follows Jake’s journey as he ends up learning from the past. The book is very engaging and keeps the reader guessing what happens next. The one minor inconvenience about this book was that it is quite lengthy so it might take some time to complete. I would rate the book for ages 12+

ArapahoeAlice Aug 27, 2019

It's a great suspense time-travel story with a wonderful romance. I learned things about the Kennedy assassination that I've never heard before. Beyond the finely-tuned descriptions, the characters are completely engaging. Definitely one of my all-time favorites of Stephen King's books.

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