Few authors look out for their fans like Stephen King does. He’s known for releasing excerpts of his books prior to publication, and his latest, 11/22/63, is no exception. Read on if you’re interested in checking out a sneak peek of the novel provided by King’s publisher, Scribner.
The excerpt can be found below beneath the book’s cover art. Look for 11/22/63 to hit store shelves on November 8th, 2011. If you’re the type who prefers audiobooks, you’ll be happy to hear that King perennial Craig Wasson (Full Dark, No Stars and Blockade Billy) will be handling narrator duties for 11/22/63.
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 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 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.
On Monday, March 25, Lee came walking up Neely Street carrying a long package wrapped in brown paper. Peering through a tiny crack in the curtains, I could see the words REGISTERED and INSURED stamped on it in big red letters. For the first time I thought he seemed furtive and nervous, actually looking around at his exterior surroundings instead of at the spooky furniture deep in his head. I knew what was in the package: a 6.5mm Carcano rifle-—also known as a Mannlicher-Carcano—-complete with scope, purchased from Klein’s Sporting Goods in Chicago…
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