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WINNER OF THE 2012 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE
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
In Stephen King's "most ambitious and accomplished" (NPR) novel,
time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
About the Author
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.