Stephen King’s publishers announced Wednesday that he will release a dramatic new novel on Nov. 8. In the 1,000-page “11/22/63” published by Scribner and Hodder & Stoughton a man travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination, pulling the readers into a tragic moment in history.
The main character, Jake Epping, is a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls and makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program, according to a synopsis by King. Before Epping’s time-traveling exploits, he receives a student essay — a gruesome first-person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Sunning’s father came home and killed his mother, sister and brother with a hammer.
Not long after reading the essay, Epping’s friend Al, who owns the local diner, reveals his storeroom as a portal to 1958 and enlists Epping on a mission to save the nation’s 35th president. Epping adopts the name George Amberson and enters a world of Elvis and sock hops. Living in a community of the past, Epping meets a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of his life.
“A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, ‘11/22/63’ is Stephen King at his epic best,” according to the publisher’s synopsis.
King, originally from Portland and now a resident of Bangor, is the author of more than 50 books, all of which are worldwide bestsellers.
“11/22/63” can be preordered at www.112263book.com/. For information on King, visit his official website at www.stephenking.com.