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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

    I enjoyed every minute of this book! The premise of what might have happened if JFK hadn't been shot is a fascinating one and explored in wonderful detail. The way that time travel works in this universe was clearly thought out and believable. If you have never read any of Stephen King's books before, give this one a chance. You won't be disappointed!

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    One of the greatest books I have had the pleasure of reading! I'm just sad it's over, this one will definitely be reread.

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    Great Book - Couldn't Put it Down!

    Stephen King's earlier books hooked me, but most recently seemed to fall flat. This is a turnaround, and it will grip you. This is a great book, couldn't wait to see what happened next.

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    Different from a lot of other Stephen King novels. This one was not too long or verbose, like some of his books can get. People who don't really like horror stories would like this. Great characters - reminded me of his short stories - great story and well-rounded characters. Loved it!

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    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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