Stephen King – Hearts In Atlantis

Hearts In Atlantis is a collection of three short stories and two novellas by bestselling author Stephen King.

This book was published on September 14, 1999 and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award later that year.

Two of the stories – Low Men In Yellow Coats and Heavenly Shades Of Night Are Falling – were used as the basis for a 2001 movie called Hearts In Atlantis that starred Anthony Hopkins.

Hearts In Atlantis book description

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 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.

Stephen King Hearts In Atlantis

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