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In an NPR interview, Stephen King asserted that for baby boomers, "11/22/63 was our 9/11." Certainly, for all of us, the assassination of John F. Kennedy forms part of our national mythos, so it seems only natural that a writer of King's stature would become obsessed with this event. In fact, he began grappling with the material a full forty years ago, but it was only recently that he felt mature enough to construct this large-scale novel. And mammoth it is: Its 864 pages reveal the epic story of two men who go back into time to prevent the killing of JFK by Lee Harvey Oswald. In King's hands, this real-life event isn't just a plot device; it is the key to a full immersion into Cold War America and the lives and motivations of numerous people, including the assassin himself. Unlike most people, I'm not a devotee of Stephen King's horror tales (I've never been drawn to the genre), but for me, 11/22/63 shows true worth. The writing is supple, the suspense unforced, and the atmosphere accurately evokes the times.
— R.J. Wilson, Bookseller, #1002, New York NY