Stephen King’s 11/22/63 is my favorite book about JFK’s assassination; it is worth taking a look at since November marked the fiftieth anniversary.
In 11/22/63 the plot begins to unfold on the first of the 849 pages with believable quirky characters, I was immediately hooked; the book size was no longer a
factor. “He grinned, exposing a set of teeth with many gaps and several leaners.” The best description of a smile I’ve ever read.
The pages evaporate into thin air as Stephen King takes his readers on an unforgettable journey through late 20th century American history.
We meet Jake Epping, a divorced 35-year-old English teacher who teaches GED classes for extra money in Lisbon Falls, Maine. The disabled limping student
with the smile wrote his assigned essay, “The Day That Changed My Life,” for GED class, and reading that student’s essay changed Jake Epping in ways he
wouldn’t have believed possible. “It wasn’t a day but a night. The night that changed my life was the night my father murdirt my mother and two brothers and
hurt me bad. He hurt my sister too, so bad she went into a comah. In three years she died without waking up. Her name was Ellen and I loved her very much.
She love to pick flouers and put them in vayses.”
The same week Al, who owned the local diner, introduced Jake to time travel and passed his obsession to travel back to 1963 and stop the JFK assassination.
Jake added an obsession of his own; to go back and prevent the Maine family’s murder. We get to know Lee and Marina Oswald as never before. Meanwhile,
Jake’s teaching in a small Texas town and is nearly killed after falling in love. The ostensibly disconnected plot comes to a shocking, ingeniously linked and
King is an amazing writer and deserves accolades. After all, he wrote Dolores Claiborne, The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption. His On Writing, published
in 2000, is required reading for many graduate level writing courses. It is one of the best books on writing I’ve read.
Ann McCauley is the author of Runaway Grandma, (2007) and Mother Love, (2004, Revised-2012). She’s a contributor to the anthology, Women Writing on
Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing, (2012) Ann’s also a contributor to the new anthology to be released in 2014, Writing After Retirement. She
continues to do freelance writing while working on her Master’s in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Learn more about Ann@annmccauley.com.
“Mysteries are a good read any time of year… but the fall, especially the month of October, seems the most thematic season for the mystery/suspense/thriller
genre,” according to Amy Gail Hansen, the author of The Butterfly Sisters. So is it too late to read The Butterfly Sisters now that we’ve moved into winter?
Absolutely not. Nervous breakdowns and the stresses that cause them can send a young woman running from her college education at any time of year. So
can a painful love affairs with a married professor. This is the story of twenty-two-year-old Ruby Rousseau’s running from Tarble College and returning to a
reunion there, where she pieces together the truths and the fictions about herself, a missing suitcase she borrowed from a former classmate, and the ghosts
of famous writers that she keeps seeing.
What makes Ruby think she’s going mad and what happens when she begins to unearth the truth? This mystery might just have you examining your own
relationship with truth and common expectations.
In the acknowledgments, Hansen says, “First and foremost, I thank my mother, Gail Angell, for giving me the most valuable gift a parent can bestow on a
child: confidence.” The Butterfly Sisters examines confidence and the costs of self-doubt. It’s a well-crafted, important story about passion and deception
created for women of all ages and the men who care about them.
Hansen is a former high school English teacher who now works as a freelance writer and journalist in suburban Chicago. This is her debut novel, and I can’t
wait to see what she comes up with next.
What does marriage really mean? When is temptation stronger than vows? When does attraction overpower sanity? Sensuality meets tragedy in Charles
Dubow’s exquisite exploration of love, lust, passion, and revenge, Indiscretion.
Harry Winslow is a National Book Award-winning author blessed with a beautiful and wealthy wife, Maddy. One summer a young woman named Claire
visits their East Hampton Cottage for the weekend after Harry rescues her when she’s flailing in the Atlantic waters. By the fall, Claire’s admiration for
the author has turned to lust, and in the course of the next year, the consequences are more far-reaching than either of them can imagine.
The characters are beautifully rendered. As they cope with the complexities of love and commitment, readers will be drawn into their plights. The
narrator, Walter, is an observer. He’s telling Maddy’s story because he loves her and as events unfold, we root for him. Be careful what you wish for.
The settings, from the East Hamptons to Italy, are gorgeous, but physical beauty does not offset the emotional pain of these characters. Events propel
us forward in a mixture of beauty and pain, achievement and despair. One cliché keeps springing to mind: Be careful what you wish for.
Author Charles Dubow was born in New York City and educated at Wesleyan University and NYU. He was a founding editor of Forbes.com and later an
editor at Businessweek.com. This is an outstanding first novel. Read it and watch for his next one. This is a man you should keep your eye on.