The task should be obvious by the title for those of the generation that spans 1958 to to 2011. Jake's mentor Al had prepared a notebook of details on JFKs assassin in the years between 1958 and 1963, but age and health prevented him from changing history and saving the President. Will Jake be able to do it? Does he want to? Should he?
And there is the weakness of 11/22 that while fun and satisfying comes up short of a 5-star classic. The task seems too pat and the action preordained. The world of 11/22 feels like a fully furnished apartment with tasteful but unobtrusive and decorations that leaves not quite enough room for the reader to populate with the furniture of their own imagination. The return to 2011 seems rushed and jarring, but the ending coda is tender and feels right, leaving the reader happy to have spent time in King's place and time.
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Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.
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, ...