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11-22-63 By Stephen King

Well, we talked about tackling this one at the last Monday night group, and I think it is a great idea, so here we go. I started it some time ago, and now I shall finish!!!

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 “most ambitious and accomplished” (NPR) novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

Winner of the 2012 Thriller Award for Best Novel
One of the New York Times Book Review's Top 10 Books of 2011


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  • Cindy A.

    It was nice meeting everyone! I will definitely be back. :)

    December 3, 2013

  • Elena De La P.

    Very good conversation about the novel. I liked that everyone had insights and shared them. Food was pretty good, too.

    December 3, 2013

  • K.L.Isla

    It was great meeting everyone! I hope to attend more.

    December 2, 2013

  • Marcie

    Argh, I won't make it tonight. My HOA is prepping to paint our condos, and the power wash sent dirt, paint chips and water all over my floor, entertainment center and electronics equipment. I am in clean up mode.

    I was really looking forward to discussing this book. I probably haven't read a Stephen King book in 20 years, but I was a fan in the 80s. When he said Jake/George was going to Derry, I had sudden flashes of Pennywise the Clown and the enormous spider in the sewers (shudder) and actually yelled at my Kindle "don't go there". I think every writer wants to leave an indelible impression on the reader, so I guess he did so with "It". I might have to go back and read some of his later books.

    December 2, 2013

    • Nancy K.

      Sorry you will miss this one! Thanks for letting me know.

      December 2, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    I am at Elephant Bar. I have us down for 9 and theyre busy so if anyone isnt going to make it please let me know here or via text to 702 [masked]

    December 2, 2013

  • Elena De La P.

    King gets a little String Theory and parallel universes thrown in there as well as a bit of reincarnation. He didn't clarify "jimla" to my satisfaction.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Scott

    I will miss the meeting as I have not finished the book and would like to see how it ends.

    December 2, 2013

    • Elena De La P.

      Just read from 751 thru 842. Like me! :-)

      December 2, 2013

    • Nancy K.

      We will miss your input Scott, but I totally understand. It is hard to be motivated to finish after we spoil it for you. ;)

      December 2, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

    November 30, 2013

  • K.L.Isla

    I've been waiting for a discussion group on this book for forever. I'm so excited to have found this group, can't wait to meet everyone.

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Elena De La P.

    So far I like very much what I've read! I'm not recalling if I've read anything by him but he sure does know how to write a tight plot. I got a big kick out of the idea Al bought cheap beef from the "past" so he wasn't selling catburgers. LOL

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this will be interesting. I tried to Read his Novel "Misery" and I couldn't finish it. maybe it may have been due to the fact that i have been reading Westerns lately.

    November 19, 2013

    • Nancy K.

      I've read a lot of King books. So far this one is holding my attention. Interesting premise. Should make for a great discussion. :)

      November 19, 2013

    • Marcie

      The night I started it I read six chapters without noticing the time. I hope it holds up for another 650 pages.

      November 22, 2013

  • Marcie

    Kindle users, the Deal of the Day is this book for $2.99. Wish this had been on tap last week when I bought it.
    http://www.amazon.com/11-22-63-Stephen-King-ebook/dp/B004Q7CIFI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385179580&sr=8-1&keywords=11%2F22%2F1963

    1 · November 22, 2013

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