11/22/63: A Novel

11/22/63: A Novel

by Stephen King (Author)

Stephen King’s #1 bestselling time-travel novel—now a limited series on Hulu starring James Franco!In Stephen King’s “most ambitious and accomplished” (NPR) and “extraordinary” (USA TODAY) #1 New York Times bestselling novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying. Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out. President John F. Kennedy is dead. Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke…Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

In Stephen King's captivating novel, "11/22/63", Jake Epping, a divorced English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, is given the opportunity to travel back in time to 1958 and prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. With the help of his friend Al Templeton, who owns a time portal in the back of his diner, Jake sets off on his mission.

Jake arrives in Derry, Maine, and quickly becomes immersed in the local community. He finds a teaching job at Lisbon High School and befriends several people, including Sadie Dunhill, the school librarian, and Bill Turcotte, a local cop. As Jake investigates the events leading up to the assassination, he uncovers a web of conspiracies and dark secrets that reach far beyond Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of killing Kennedy.

As Jake gets closer to the fateful day of November 22, 1963, he faces numerous challenges and moral dilemmas. He must balance his desire to prevent the assassination with the potential consequences of altering history. He also struggles with the growing realization that his actions may have unintended and devastating repercussions.

With heart-pounding suspense and intricate storytelling, "11/22/63" explores the complexities of time travel, the weight of responsibility, and the profound impact of one person's actions on the course of history. King masterfully weaves together historical events, memorable characters, and thought-provoking themes, creating a gripping and unforgettable reading experience.

Throughout the novel, Jake grapples with the ethical implications of his mission. He questions whether he has the right to change the past, even if it means preventing a tragic event. He also struggles with the knowledge that his actions could have unintended consequences, potentially causing more harm than good.

As the novel reaches its climax, Jake finds himself in a desperate race against time to stop the assassination. He must confront Lee Harvey Oswald, navigate a complex web of conspiracies, and make a final, life-altering decision that will forever change the course of history.


1120 pages