ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE
SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED.
WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?
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