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November 2012 – 11.22.63 by Stephen King


11.22.63 by Stephen King

 People are commonly said to remember their location when told of President John F Kennedy‘s assassination, but many must also wish the place they had been on 22 November 1963 was Dallas, where they might somehow have diverted the motorcade or prevented Lee Harvey Oswald from entering the Texas School Book Depository. The possibility of such an intervention is among the principal fantasies of time travel, and is explored in the 54th work of fiction by Stephen King.

In 11.22.63, Jake Epping, a schoolteacher, is summoned by the owner of Al’s Diner, a local eaterie that has become popular but also suspect as a result of being able to sell, in 2011, burgers at near-1950s prices. The restaurateur, now mortally ill, has found a portal in his pantry that leads to a particular day in 1958, where the time-traveller can begin a stay lasting months or even potentially years, always returning two minutes later. Cancer has interrupted Al during a five-year mission to prevent the event that he believes to have misdirected American history: JFK’s death. With the moral arm-lock of a dying man, Al passes on the task to Jake.

Going backwards proves to be another step forward for the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature.

 

Available in the senior fiction section of the library.