Sunday, July 8, 2012
11/22/63, by Stephen King
Barnes & Noble
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 teaches adults for extra money. One student submits a gruesome, harrowing first-person essay 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 11/22/1963 J.F. 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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This is the first Stephen King book I've finished and I am IN LOVE. I only read this because of a book club challenge. I am not a fan of horror, so I have dismissed King's previous works. I'm VERY glad that I picked this up.
I had a hard time putting the book down: I could "see" the world that King built and felt like I knew Jake/George. I couldn't want to read more! I got very little sleep last night, but it was totally worth it. I put the kids in front of the t.v. this morning so I could finish reading.
The ending was perfect. Bittersweet, but perfect.