Our discussion of 11/22/63 by Stephen King proved that books we love don’t always make for great book club selections. Although the overwhelming consensus was that this novel was enjoyable and even fascinating at times, the discussion didn’t flow as easily as usual. However, we did find a groove by sharing memories of life in the 1950s-60s.
- We loved the book’s interesting concept of time travel and how events affect each other through the butterfly effect.
- We all had preconceived notions about who King is as an author, which colored whether or not we would have picked this up outside of the book group. Some love him, some don’t, but we agreed that this wasn’t what we expected from Stephen King.
- In general, we thought Sadie and Jake’s relationship was unrealistic and that her character was unbelievable also. This central love story felt weak compared to the novel’s other elements.
- Participants each shared memories of finding out that JFK had been assassinated and the hysterical feeling that if it can happen to the president, it can happen to anyone.
The group agreed that this long novel is worth recommending to friends. However, as it is highly plot-driven, it is only reservedly recommended for book clubs.
On April 8 we will discuss Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron. See you then!