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"Life turns on a dime"
Time travel, romance, drama, suspense, MAINE???? I mean, come on, it's Stephen King. The man needs no introduction. For his 49th(!) novel, King takes the reader on a journey beginning in the town of Lisbon Falls, 2011 with Jake Epping, a high school English teacher. Recently divorced and generally down and out, Epping soon has his world turned upside down when his friend and local restaurant owner, Al Templeton, reveals that his diner is actually a portal that transports him to the year 1958, and that Jake must uproot his entire life to go live for five years in the past, kill Lee Harvey Oswald, and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Sounds simple, right? An absolute rollercoaster of a novel, this book takes the reader on a massive journey, and once you pick it up you'll have an extremely hard time puttng it down until all of its 849 pages are read. An excellent read for times like these when you're stuck inside, the weather's terrible, and there's little else to do!
"Your father is about to ask me the question. This is the most important moment of our lives, and I want to pay attention, note every detail. Your dad and I have just come back from an evening out, dinner and a show; it's after midnight. We came out onto the patio to look at the full moon; then I told your dad I wanted to dance, so he humors me and now we're slow-dancing, a pair of thirtysomethings swaying back and forth in the moonlight like kids. I don't feel the night chill at all. And then your dad says, 'Do you want to make a baby?' "
So begins Story of Your Life, the absolutely mind-bending fourth story of eight within Ted Chiang's collection. I read this at the recommendation of a friend, and I've been struggling for months now to put into words just how profound a piece of writing this is. I can't recommend it enough. Honestly, if you're in the mood to have your notions of time and language reconceptualized entirely, keep this title in mind.
Note: pairs well with a sunny afternoon and a cup of your favorite tea.