Cover of: Hearts in Atlantis | Stephen King

About the Book

From the Flap:

"ALTHOUGH IT IS DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE, THE SIXTIES ARE NOT FICTIONAL; THEY ACTUALLY HAPPENED."*

Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war--and the protests against it--had flooded America's living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King's newest fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.

In Part One, "Low Men in Yellow Coats", eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood. He also discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror.

In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest...and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.

In "Blind Willie" and "Why We're in Vietnam", two men who grew up with Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era in an America which sometimes seems as hollow - and as haunted - as their own lives.

And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling", this book's denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of redemption, and his heart's desire may await him.

Full of danger, full of suspense, most of all full of heart, Stephen King's new book will take some readers to a place they have never been...and others to a place they have never been able to completely leave.

*from the Author's Note.

In this collection:

  • Blind Willie
  • Hearts in Atlantis
  • Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling
  • Low Men in Yellow Coats
  • Why We're in Vietnam

About the Edition

Although it is difficult to believe, the Sixties are not fictional:
THEY ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

No matter the format, Stephen King's work is spellbinding because the author himself is spellbound. The first hugely popular writer of the TV generation, King published his first novel, Carrie, in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam. Images from that war -- and protests against it -- had flooded America's living rooms for nearly ten years. In Hearts in Altantis, King mesmerizes readers with fiction deeply rooted in the Sixties, and explores -- through four defining decades -- the haunting legacy of the Vietnam War.

As the characters in Hearts in Atlantis are tested in every way, King probes and unlocks the secrets of his generation for us all. Full of danger, full of suspense, and most of all full of heart, Stephen King's new book will take some readers to a place they have never been able to leave completely. (back cover)

Edition Notes

US/CAN

Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
1999

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813
Library of Congress
PS3561.I483 H4 2000

The Physical Object

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Pagination
672 p. :
Number of pages
672
Dimensions
6.75 x 4.125 x 1.5 inches

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24229370M
Internet Archive
heartsinatlantis00king
ISBN 10
0743436210
ISBN 13
9780743436212
OCLC/WorldCat
44749826
Goodreads
1033784

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