11/22/63 by Stephen King


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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed.

If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequences be worth it?

The great innovator, Stephen King, explores new territory with this invitation for readers to time travel back to the late 50s… from a world of i-pods and mobile phones to a world of James Dean, Plymouth Fury cars, root beer and Lindy Hopping

and to the day that Kennedy was shot – unless ….

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching in an adult education programme. Not long after Jake has received an essay from one of the students – a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer – Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane – and insanely possible – mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new existence as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

With extraordinary imaginative power, King explores the culture of a simpler era and weaves it into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

Jamie Hodder-Williams acquired the book from Chuck Verrill at Darhansoff & Verrill in New York, obtaining BCN, ex Canada. Verrill comments: ‘The novel is big, ambitious and haunting. King has probably absorbed the social, political and popular culture of his American generation as thoroughly and imaginatively as any other writer.’

Philippa Pride, King’s UK editor, says: ‘11.22.63 is the best WHAT IF …? novel I have ever read. Combining the best of Stephen King’s intimate suspense stories with the scope of an epic, our number one bestselling, and much-loved author, has created a truly sensational read which will be THE book of 2011.’

Hodder will publish in hardcover on 8 November, 2011.

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