KING’S NEW NOVEL

11/22/63 is Stephen King’s new book.. It’s currently number three on the Los Angeles Times’ best seller list. I have just finish-ed reading its eight hundred pages. It is a real a page-turner.

The story is about time tra-vel. Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Maine, makes extra money teaching GED adult classes. When he asks his stu-dents to write an essay about an event that changed their lives, one essay blows him away.

It tells of one night fifty years before when Harry Dunning’s father came home and bludgeoned to death his mother, sister and brother. Not long after, Jake’s friend Al who runs the local diner, shares a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past — a day in 1958. Jake’s first trip into the past is an attempt to change the past and save Harry’s family.

Because Al is terminally ill, he convinces Jake to go back again and try to prevent the assassination of John Kennedy. So it is that Jake begins a new life as George Amberson in a 1958 world of JFK, Elvis and big American cars.

He settles temporarily in a small town in the vicinity of Dallas to develop his plan to stop Lee Harvey Oswald. He agrees to teach as a substitute in the local high school.

In spite of himself, he falls deeply in love with the school librarian. As you can imagine, this across-time romance creates problems since George is ‘from the future.’

June Poucher (Feb. ’12) adds, “This book captured me from page one.”

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