11/22/63 by Stephen King

It’s Stephen King—so it’s not for everyone. But I found 11/22/63 less SF/Fantasy than some of his previous works, and therefore more accessible to those of us who don’t quite understand the genre as well as we might. In sum: high school English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. But what he doesn’t realize is that every time he enters the past (1958, initially), he changes some aspect of the present—and not always for the better. But, as he learns, “The past is obdurate,” despite his herculean efforts otherwise.

I borrowed 11/22/63 from my library for a one-week hold and didn’t think I’d make it even halfway through the book (800+ pages). To my surprise I finished it quite quickly (admittedly, I skimmed some of the historical asides and focused on the character development and the quite atypical romance).

We reviewed 11/22/63 in the January/February 2012 issue of Bookmarks magazine.


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