One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
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.
This + the Hulu mini-series we’re both fantastic!55
A book you fall into. You fall into the rabbit hole and the book gets into your dreams and you lose yourself on a wonderful journey.55
This was a good book to take breaks from college studying. Although a tiny confusing sometimes, keeps me interested.45
Omg, I absolutely love this book. I just could not put it down. A whole bunch of actual history, mixed in with that famous Steven King imagination, makes for one amazing nonstop storytelling adventure about what might have been.55
Read this twice and I loved it more the second time around. Great plot and wonderful characters. Mr. King did it again.55
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I have the hard cover which I have read 4 times and am considering a 5th. Every time I read it I discover something new. I love the various sub-plots, all of which add to the main plot. Mr. King has obviously thoroughly researched the history and characters as well as adding his own intuition, resulting in a great story. I haven’t read too many of his other books, but this is one I will keep on my shelf to read again.55
Just got the book and it is a good read so far I’m a big SK fan and can’t wait to get more in depth55
Even though you know where this story is headed, be patient till you get to that part because you won't be able to put the book down. It's an interesting story of time travel, history, and a love story as well.55