Throwback Thursday: 11/22/63 by Stephen King


This weekly feature is hosted by Renee, (Its Book Talk). Throwback Thursday offers a way to share some of our old favorites as well  as sharing books that we are finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago.


11/22/63: Stephen King

kingLife can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. 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 suspenseful.


I am currently reading Carrie by Stephen King. It’s the second book that I have read by the author; the first one was 11/22/63. Carrie reminded me of 11/22/63 and that’s what prompted me to feature this book on my TBT today. I still remember the book despite the fact that I read it two years ago.

It is the only book that I have read so far that features time travel and definitely one of my most memorable reads to date.

The book had an easy flow and although my knowledge of the JFK assassination was quite limited, I was able to follow the events in the story. The story was quite addictive and I couldn’t wait to find out whether Amberson would be successful in changing history. The characters were well crafted. Jack Epping is very easy to relate with. His fears, expectations, courage and relationship with Sadie were all too real. Sadie Dunhill is another likeable character that I found quite easy to empathize with. She had a sad history but I  enjoyed seeing how her life changed through the chapters. Other characters that I liked include Miz Mimi and Deke Simmons.

I loved the ending of the book. I think at some point in life we all tend to wonder about would happen if we could go back into the past and change something especially the mistakes that we might have made. Read 11/22/63 and find out what our main character, Jack Epping/ George Amberson discovered about changing history.

16 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

    1. I am yet to watch the TV series. I really wanted to when it first came out but ended up not getting it. Going by your comment, I think I might skip it 🙂 Thanks.

  1. Great review. Read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. After 11/22/63, Carrie and It, I think Stephen King is a damn good writer.

    1. I just finished reading Carrie. I can’t believe that was his first book. Its really good. I hope to read It soon and watch the movie too. Thanks for passing by Red 🙂

  2. I haven’t read this one yet, but I have owned it (and The Green Mile, which I plan to read soon too!) for years! I LOVE anything related to JFK’s history, so I know that I will love this one. I did just finish watching the TV series the book was based on with my hubby last week, so I basically know the plot, etc if they kept to the book. It wasn’t terrible (and it made me bawl like a baby with the ending, and I loved Sadie too just based on the series), but I imagine the book is SO much better based on what Beth said!! I just started rereading King’s books in September after swearing off them for decades after The Shining terrified me when I was 13, LOL. Now that I can handle his books, he is such a fantastic writer!! I can’t wait to read this one-it’s on my list to read before the end of the year! 🙂 Great choice!

  3. I need to read Green Mile too. I have heard good things about it. The series sounds like the book. Sadie was such a lovely character and the book’s ending made me cry too. I can’t wiat to wtach the series and I do hope that you will get a chance to read the book. Its really good. I just started reading King. I have heard about The Shining and IT being super scary so I am staying away from them at the moment 🙂

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