Synopses & Reviews
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 Vietmnam 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.
"King's fat new work impressively follows his general literary upgrading begun with Bag of Bones and settles readers onto the seabottom of one of his most satisfying ideas ever....Page after page, a truly mature King does everything right and deserves some kind of literary rosette." Kirkus Reviews
"Bag of Bones was a strong novel, but it did not have the depth or scope of Hearts in Atlantis. This is the one that is going to wow the critics (or should, if there is any justice in the world). A book of heart, wit, intelligence, and moral reflection, it is one of Stephen King's very best." Bentley Little, Hellnotes
"A sharp-eyed, sometimes heartbreaking rumination on the loss of innocence..." Miami Herald
"In Hearts in Atlantis, it's as though King has written two lengthy prologues and two brief epilogues but left out the novel proper." Caleb Crain, The New York Times Book Review
"Hearts in Atlantis is the Great American Baby Boomer novel....I'm pleased...that an author such as King with so many books already under his belt, can still surpass himself the way he has here. So if you've passed on King's work because you don't read horror, do yourself a favor and give this book a try. It sings. It has heart. And it won't disappoint you for a moment." Charles De Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
By "Atlantis", King means the 1960s, that otherworldly decade which, like the fabled continent, has sunk into myth. Here, in five interconnected narratives that span from 1960 to 1999, King draws a stunning portrait of American life after the Vietnam War.