Open Book: 11/22/63, by Stephen King
A confession to the reader: Prior to reviewing 11/22/63 I had never read a Stephen King novel. This was not due to literary snobbery. Many friends whose judgment I respect admire some of his books. Perhaps King’s tendency to write long — his latest characteristically weighs in at 849 pages — has deterred me. But this epic of time travel on the part of one Jake Epping, a 35-year-old Maine high school teacher who finds himself transported back to 1958 and spends five years meditating how to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating the president, is too curious a concept to pass by. You can always get my attention on the subject of Kennedy’s assassination.