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Now a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. Read more...
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Now a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco 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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Proving yet again that he can pull off any narrative sleight of hand, Stephen King delivers one of his most imaginative books yet in 11/22/63: A Novel, a time-tripping return to the era of JFK. High school English teacher Jake Epping leads an uneventful life until he’s persuaded to take a journey into the past by his diner-owning friend, Al. Long preoccupied with the Kennedy assassination, Al has the ability to travel back in time—via a portal in his restaurant. He entrusts Jake with a special task: Revisit the ’60s and abort the Kennedy assassination. Jake is equal to the challenge, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime—one that takes him to rural Texas, where he teaches high school, falls in love and awaits the appearance of Lee Harvey Oswald, whose plans he hopes to thwart. King mines the absurdity of Jake’s situation even as he highlights the drama and danger of his mission. This genre-bending work is an unforgettable blend of history, mystery and fantasy.