Artwork for Stephen King’s new novel

Posted by Glennis Byron on April 21, 2011 in News tagged with , , ,

Stephen King’s new novel, 11/22/63 will be released on November 8th. Here’s the synopsis:

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? Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of his 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. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, 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 life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, 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.

If you can’t wait until November for more Stephen King, his short story ‘Herman Wouk is Still Alive’ is featured in the current issue of The Atlantic.  There’s also an interesting Q & A with King here in which he talks about the story and about the creative process more generally.

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