Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Five interconnected, sequential tales set in the years between 1960 and 1999 focus on the Vietnam War and weave together innocence, experience, truth, deceit, loss, and recovery.

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The master of horror and suspense turns his pen to more subtle storytelling in these five interconnected stories in which he explores the darker sides of human nature as he chronicles the 1960s and their aftermath in American life. Reprint.

Simon and Schuster
Hearts In Atlantis 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 "Low Men in Yellow Coats," eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood and 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 haunted as their own lives.

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

Full of danger, suspense, and full of heart, Hearts In Atlantis takes some listeners to a place they have never been...and others to a place they have never been able to completely leave.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 1999
ISBN: 9780671024246
Branch Call Number: KIN
Characteristics: 522 p


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JCLAndrewE Jun 18, 2018

Probably Stephen King's most accessible novel. A great period piece that explores growing up through the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's in America, told through 4 novellas. There are some brief elements of King's expanded universe, but you'll miss it if you're not looking for it. Overall, just a wonderful novel.

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