November 22 1963: A Novel by Adam BraverNovember 22 1963: A Novel by Adam Braver

November 22 1963: A Novel

byAdam Braver

Paperback | November 1, 2008

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November 22, 1963 chronicles the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination and explores the intersection of stories and memories and how they represent and mythologize that defining moment in history. Jackie's story is interwoven with the stories of real people intimately connected with that day: a man who shares cigarettes with Jackie outside the trauma room; a motorcycle policeman flanking the motorcade; Abe Zapruder, who caught the assassination on film; the White House servants waiting for Jackie to return; and the morticians overseeing President Kennedy’s autopsy.
Adam Braver is the author of five novels, most recently Misfit. His books have been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers program, Borders' Original Voices series, the IndieNext list, and twice for the Book Sense list, as well as having been translated into Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and French. He is on faculty an...
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Title:November 22 1963: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 7.25 × 5.25 × 0.63 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0980243629

ISBN - 13:9780980243628

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"Braver's collection is a piercing portrait of those who experienced the Kennedy assassination first-hand."-- Steve Almond, author of "My Life in Heavy Metal" "I had thought that Don DeLillo's "Libra" was the last fictional word on the JFK assassination, but I was wrong. Like a sublime actor, Adam Braver inhabits these characters, especially Jacqueline Kennedy, in a way that seems brave and heartbroken and true. This is a haunting history play, of private agonies wrenched onto the public stage."-- April Bernard, author of "Swan Electric" "I would never have thought there was a new way to view a moment so thoroughly dissected. Turns out there is. Quite an achievement."-- Suzanne Kleid, KQED ""November 22, 1963" is more than an intricately imagined microhistory of the primary American trauma of the late 20th century; it's also an affecting portrait of the then First Lady, simultaneously devastated and resilient as she moves from embodying her country's image of someone who controls fortune to someone who's been flattened by it."-- Jim Shepard, author of "Like You'd Understand, Anyway" "This extraordinary reconstruction blends fact and imagination with a subtlety that utterly dissolves the line between public and private. It's the intimacy, the closeness we come to these (mostly) well-known protagonists, that is so shocking and moving. Adam Braver has pulled off quite a feat, realigning all our notions and expectations of historical fiction."-- Phillip Lopate, author of "Waterfront" and "Portrait of my Body" "Adam Braver has a wonderfully rich imagination and his grasp of historical characters and settings is both deep and natural. I would gladly readanything he writes."-- Dan Chaon, author of "You Remind Me of Me" and the National Book Award Finalist Among the Missing "With a captivating mix of fact and fiction, Braver chronicles the events surrounding JFK's assassination to moving effect. The event is no stranger to the literary world, but Braver's recreation, owing to small and often previously off-camera details, remains hauntingly original. Some of these details, like the ones that open the book and dwell on Jackie's fashion preferences, present a factual backdrop against which later scenes--e.g., where Jackie refuses to remove her blood-splattered pink suit--tragically play out. Others, like the way JFK's eyes keep popping open during the autopsy, underscore the grisly reality of his death. While the accumulation of small moments gives the book its weightiness, the stories of people peripherally associated with the assassination make the book sing; through the experiences of the Texan who sold the government Kennedy's casket, the mechanic in charge of the limousine in which Kennedy was shot and numerous others, Braver reveals the tragedy of a national story that decades later can still be acutely felt."-- "Publisher's Weekly" "This terse, tense, tough novel is absolutely riveting...Every rose petal, drop of blood and splatter of brain, every movement and comment resonates with history as if trapped within a claustrophobic nightmare. Braver keeps this solemn and somber tone throughout, his brisk, often lyrical declarative sentences as direct and translucent as the characters are unable to be."--Sam Coale, "The Providence Journal" "Braver is a terrific writer, an observer of the most acute details; throughoutthe book, he traces the subtle interactions of his characters as they collide and move apart. One of the most moving interactions here takes place between Jackie and an ambulance driver named Al Rike as they share cigarettes outside the trauma room where her husband's body lies...in this tiny glimmer of connection, whole universes of emotion are uncovered."--David Ulin, "Los Angeles Times Book Review" "This is fiction of course, but it has the ring of truth...And it is both painful and fascinating, like rubbernecking at an accident, to watch. With an audacity of confidence and a sure sense of fiction's ability to tell eternal truths better than history, Braver re-creates the day the world changed." --Jay Strafford, Richmond "Times-Dispatch"