Hearts in Atlantis (Sep 1999)

A collection of two novellas and three short stories, 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 60s 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.

Hearts in Atlantis has connections to the following books:

Citation needed : Jake Chambers

Bobby Garfield is probably Jake Chambers' twinner.

Citation needed : Can-Toi

The short story "Low Men in Yellow Coats" in the collection Hearts in Atlantis involves Ted Brautigan running from Can-Toi attempting to recapture him.

Blind Willie / 5:25 PM : Randall Flagg

A man with the initials RF was the leader of a student protest group that set off a campus bomb and killed people. Randall Flagg was known to go by other names, usually with the initials RF.

The group—Militant Students for Peace, they called them-selves—planted the bomb in a lecture hall on the Danbury UConn campus. On the day of the explosion, Coleman Chemicals was hold-ing job interviews there between ten A.M. and four P.M. The bomb was apparently supposed to go off at six in the morning, when the building was empty. It failed to do so. At eight o’clock, then again at nine, someone (presumably someone from the MSP) called Campus Security and reported the presence of a bomb in the first-floor lecture hall. There were cursory searches and no evacuation. “This was our eighty-third bomb-threat of the year,” an unidentified Campus Secu-rity officer was quoted as saying. No bomb was found, although the MSP later claimed vehemently that the exact location—the air-con-ditioning duct on the left side of the hall—had been given. There was evidence (persuasive evidence, to Willie Shearman if to no one else) that at quarter past noon, while the job interviews were in recess for lunch, a young woman made an effort—at considerable risk to her own life and limb—to retrieve the UXB herself. She spent perhaps ten minutes in the then-vacant lecture hall before being led away, protesting, by a young man with long black hair. The janitor who saw them later identified the man as Raymond Fiegler, head of the MSP. He identified the young woman as Carol Gerber.

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