Hearts in Atlantis

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Hearts in Atlantis (2011, Hodder & Stoughton)

English language

Published Nov. 3, 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton.

ISBN:
9781444707885

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Hearts in Atlantis (1999) is a collection of two novellas and three short stories by Stephen King, all connected to one another by recurring characters and taking place in roughly chronological order.

The stories are about the Baby Boomer Generation, specifically King's view that this generation (to which he belongs) failed to live up to its promise and ideals. Significantly, the opening epigraph of the collection is the Peter Fonda line from the end of Easy Rider: "We blew it." All of the stories are about the 1960s and the war in Vietnam, and in all of them the members of that generation fail profoundly, or are paying the costs of some profound failure on their part.

In this collection:

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

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Subjects

  • Vietnam war, 1961-1975, fiction
  • Fiction, short stories (single author)