11/22/63 - Stephen King


Author: Stephen King

  • Publication Date: 2011-11-08
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 7,585 Ratings)


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


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.


  • Good fall read

    By Amangag7
    This was a good book to take breaks from college studying. Although a tiny confusing sometimes, keeps me interested.
  • 11/22/63

    By Misfit Mac
    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.
  • Love this Story

    By sjm916
    Read this twice and I loved it more the second time around. Great plot and wonderful characters. Mr. King did it again.
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    By Lizbit74
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  • Can’t stop reading

    By Firefighter 3013
    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.
  • Good read so far

    By Bacca Boomer
    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 depth
  • Never forget

    By MsAnnieDee
    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.
  • Pleasantly surprised!

    By Morphology76
    I picked this one up because of interest in the JFK plot line. I couldn’t put it down because of all of the other plot lines laid out, those captivated me even more than JFK’s. The biggest bonus was how SK “harmonizes” this story with characters and places from his other novels, notably “It”. I’m looking forward to watching how the mini series compares.
  • One of his best

    By crispee
    I haven’t read every King book but I have many and this one really grabs you from beginning to end despite not really being “scary”. The Hulu series was nice but no where near the depth of the book.
  • 11/23/ 62

    By readers annonymous
    This was by far the best Stephan king book I’ve read. Highly recommend. Hope they DONT make a movie because they will just ruin it