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March 4, 2011

Stephen King Takes On The Kennedy Assassination In 11/22/68

Stephen King's newest book is called '11/22/68' and looks to be a doozy. I love that King is moving in all types of interesting directions. While the main storyline of the book deals with the days leading up to the fateful day when Kennedy was mysteriously killed, there are definitely touches of the spooky King that we all know and love. Here is the synopsis:
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died, and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?

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 50 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.

This sounds very, very promising. I am psyched. I am a big fan of King's work, especially his books 'The Stand', 'The Dark Tower' series and 'Dreamcatcher' (Those are just my favorites). The book comes out later this year, but you can check Stephen King's official website for updates. I know I will.


  1. Sounds really interesting. I have never read a King book before. I'll have to add it to my long list after the Wheel of Time series is done!