The dates at the very end of Stephen King’s 11/22/63

You would not believe how many people arrive at my blog searching for “January 2 2009- December 18, 2010 Sarsota, Flordia/Lovell, Maine” which appears at the very end of Stephen King’s time travel novel, 11/23/63. They usually end up on my review of the novel. A few people have even asked what those dates mean? Why are they there? What have they to do with the book?

I could be wrong, but when I saw them, I simply thought they represented the dates (and places) during which Stephen King was writing the book. I’m surprised that others are perplexed by this. Perhaps it’s because the novel is a time travel novel and dates play an important role that is confusing people. But I’ve seen this notion of dating the writing of a book not only in other Stephen King books, but countless books by other authors as well.

Still, I must get a dozen people directed to my blog each week simply because they are searching for the meaning of “January 2 2009- December 18, 2010 Sarsota, Flordia/Lovell, Maine.”

Well, there you go.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

One reply on “The dates at the very end of Stephen King’s 11/22/63”

  1. So glad I came across this information about the date. The fact that dates play a big role in this book, was the reason I was trying to figure out what it meant. Duh! Thanks. Really enjoyed the book. I’ve never been a huge Stephen King fan, but my husband convinced me to give it a try and I couldn’t put it down. So now I will certainly pick up more of his works.

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