Monday, January 16, 2012
Rated 5 Stars
I finally finished this book today. I was 28 years old when Kennedy was murdered and the world that King has described in such wonderful detail is very familiar to me. 1958-1963 was a much kinder and gentler time than now. It's a trip down memory lane in so many ways and I have been wallowing in it.
Anyway I like time travel books if they are done well and although I am generally not a reader of Stephen King's books I decided to give this one a try. I am so glad I did.
Jake Epping is a thirty-five-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 the students, a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night fifty 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.