A Novel

King, Stephen, 1947-

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The author's new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. In this novel that is a tribute to a simpler era, he 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. 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 fifty 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.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
ISBN: 9781451627282
Branch Call Number: FIC K
Characteristics: ix, 849 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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September 10, 2013

An alternate history and suspense novel in which a time traveler tries to prevent the assassination of JFK.

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Mar 26, 2015
  • Blaisman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply an epic novel. Easily one of the greatest stand-alone Stephen King novels amongst many for the master storyteller

Dec 20, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wow. I never thought that I would say this about a Stephen King book but I loved this! While this title could be considered historical and/or suspense fiction with a hint of time travel, for me it was essentially a love story. Well fleshed-out characters that I became very attached to, plus a wonderfully vivid setting, made this one a true page-turner.

Oct 13, 2014
  • Leosrme rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely LOVED this book.So much so that I was sad when I had finished it! One of his best stories so far, even after all these years of writing.

Sep 27, 2014

In the past 10 years, this is my favorite Stephen King book.

Jun 14, 2014
  • IPL_Mandy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A narrative master, King takes on the "what if" scenario in the JFK assassination by mixing historical fiction with sci-fi. Jake inherits a time travelling portal that always leads to the same place and time: a small Maine town in 1958. After experimenting for a while, Jake decides to tackle the historic Dallas assassination, but he'll have to spend 5 years living in the past to get to the critical moment. Is it even possible? How will the course of history be changed if he succeeds?

Serving suggestion: meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, peas and Coca-Cola followed by pineapple upside down cake.

Apr 08, 2014
  • rjmarkus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although I thought his point could have been made in under 500 words, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

Jan 20, 2014

I pretty much only read time-travel books and Stephen King books, so this was a no-brainer for me. Terrific book and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves either time-travel or history stories. Over 1000 pages of pure reading heaven that is very hard to put down once you start it.

Nov 25, 2013
  • dirkdeberk rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Cartoonish villains, weak motivations, and a ho-hum supernatural-style ending almost kill this book. Pro tip: Never reference the plot of significantly better books while the plot of your current novel plods along (“Oboy! A killer clown dragging children into storm drains?! That sounds...wait...Is he just referring to ‘IT’?”)

Nov 15, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The reviewer, or normally mystery reviewer for Publishers Weekly, Peter Cannon, says: - - " Bugliosi, who makes an overwhelming case in my view that the Warren Commission essentially got it right, covers the same ground as a book King does mention, Gerald Posner's Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (Random, 2003), then goes on to destroy the arguments of the conspiracy theorists, with wit and ridicule as weapons." - - Obviously and most certainly, reviewer Cannon has NEVER EVEN READ that dreadful pile of offal, the Warren Commission Report, yet sees fit to comment on a pile of contradictions, massive discrepancies, and pathetically never followed up questions, such as Oswald was supposed to have gone through training at Keesler AFB for air traffic control/radar, yet Rankin (chief counsel and formerly J. Edgar Hoover's personal attorney) mentions that Oswald went through military training at Monterey, which every military vet knows is the Defense Language Institute (i.e., language training)! I would be more than happy for anyone to debate me (having read all 26 volumes of that flotsam and jetsam), on each and everyone of the numerous contradictions and discrepancies and major variances (so Mayor Cabell of Dallas knew Jack Ruby (a k a Jacob Rubenstein, formerly an investigator for the House Un-American Activities Committee) for many years - - how so, and in what capacity? If one has never read the sources being commented upon, one should refrain from sounding like a complete and utter simpleton!

Aug 02, 2013
  • MarieMarguerite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I truly enjoyed this Stephen King novel; it reminded me of some of his great oldies! Yeah Uncle Stevie!

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