Cover of: Hearts in Atlantis | Stephen King

About the Book

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"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

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.

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 remarkable 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. (jacket)

Table of Contents

Low men in yellow coats. --
Hearts in Atlantis. --
Blind Willie. --
Why we're in Vietnam. --
Heavenly shades of night are falling.

Edition Notes

US/CAN

Genre
Fiction
Copyright Date
1999

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3561.I483 H4 1999

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
522 P.
Number of pages
522

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23243478M
Internet Archive
heartsinatlantis00king_0
ISBN 10
0684853515
ISBN 13
9780684853512
LC Control Number
99023889
OCLC/WorldCat
799231286, 988003170
Amazon.com
0684853515
Google
QzfRlAEACAAJ
Library Thing
13428
Goodreads
45014489

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