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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?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

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.

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11/22/63
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4.4 / 5
Surprisingly interesting
January 2nd, 2015
King comes with a fresh story on this very important event. Never boring, even for non americanos. King at his best
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August 5th, 2014
One of Stephen King's best.
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June 30th, 2014
A very good Read
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Great read
June 19th, 2014
Good change from the normal Stephen King.
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So hard to put down once you start
April 10th, 2014
The amount of research and background work that went into this book was simply insane. The historical accuracy and tempo of the book makes this a must read for conspiracy theorists.
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11/22/63
April 7th, 2014
Time travel & what-ifs, always an interesting read.
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March 21st, 2014
Great book and awesome Stephen King at his best
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January 31st, 2014
King at his usual. Awesome
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January 24th, 2014
One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors! From my first Stephen King novel (Firestarter) in Grade 9 I have been hooked. The idea of what could happen if one little thing in our lives had happened in a different way is something I'm sure we all think about. This novel leads us through the good and the bad that are possible and was a book I was unable to put down from the moment I picket it up!
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January 23rd, 2014
I thought this was a very interesting novel and it made me wonder about how different the world would have been if these events didn't take place. Very engaging!
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January 23rd, 2014
King writes about a seminal moment for boomers everywhere (JFK's shooting) and ties that in with an angle loved by fans of alternate history: what if it someone managed to prevent Kennedy's assassination? The writing is, by and large, first rate. The characters are well-drawn and the time travel method interesting in the limitations King devises. Here's the "but": If only some brave editor would take a blue pencil and trim some of the verbiage that accompanies a King novel, 11/22/63 included. It would still highlight his quality writing but not require the reader to wade through 30 pages when 10 would suffice. Think of the forests we could save. If you can get past that limitation, you're in for a good read.
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January 23rd, 2014
This is an excellent read. It takes a while to get to the JFK part, but the journey getting there is well worth it. A nice take on time travel. This would make an interesting movie.
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January 23rd, 2014
I loved this book. I wasn't sure what to expect based on the subject matter and my having read a ton of other Stephen King books, but I tell ya, this book was fantastic.
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January 23rd, 2014
I loved this book. Really great take on the kinds of issues that the whole idea of time travel, changing history and the "butterfly effect" bring up. I felt that it didn't really come together in the end like I might have expected, and was therefore slightly disappointed, but really, it's a great read. So tempting to get into it too far and give away 'spoilers', and don't want to do that! It's a very long book, but well worth the time spent!!
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11/22/63
December 30th, 2013
Mr. King did a brilliant job with this Novel! I was engrossed with every page. I love how the writing has the reader feeling as though they are right there. The story, made me weep at one point but left me more than satisfied with the end. (Joe, you Rock! )
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11/22/63
November 23rd, 2013
Great timely read.
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November 13th, 2013
Great story, recommend you add it to your reading list!
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November 10th, 2013
Falls short as a novel, but as a Stephen King it is the same old thing. Corny ideas, absurd humour of going back to change history: that is to prevent the Kennedy assassination which gorifying spousal abuse at all times rages thru the book. Thanks for now, Stevy
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November 3rd, 2013
A great time travel book it really portrays what would happen if you changed history. And I loved the historical references and landmarks, the writing actually took you there.
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Blarg
November 2nd, 2013
Come for the time travel, stay for the romance
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