Hearts in Suspension (US HC) - Stephen King

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The University of Maine Press, Orono, Maine, published November 7, 2016. Stephen King. Hardcover book with dust-jacket. First edition of this title was limited to 30,000 copies. The hardcover book and dust-jacket is in New, Unread Condition, without any discernible flaws.


This publication marks the 50th anniversary of Stephen King’s entrance into the University of Maine at Orono in the fall of 1966. The accelerating war in Vietnam and great social upheaval at home exerted a profound impact on students of the period and deeply influenced King’s development as a writer and as a man.

King’s fictional treatment of this experience in his novella “Hearts in Atlantis” (reprinted in this volume) tracks his youthful avatar, Peter Riley, through the awakenings and heartbreak of his turbulent first year at UMaine. In his accompanying essay, “Five to One, One in Five,” written expressly for this volume, King sheds his fictional persona and takes on the challenge of a nonfiction return to his undergraduate experience. The stereoscopic combination of these narratives, told with King’s characteristic blend of canny insight and self-deprecating humor, create a revealing portrait of the artist as young man and a ground-level tableau of this highly charged time.

In addition, twelve fellow students and friends from King’s college days contribute personal narratives recalling their own experience of those years. These recollections—engaged, irreverent, and affecting—bring dimension and texture to the collective witnessing of a formative time in their lives and a defining moment in the country’s history.

This book also includes four installments of King’s never-before-reprinted student newspaper column, “King’s Garbage Truck.” These lively examples of  King’s damn-the-torpedoes style, entertaining and shrewd in their youthful perceptions, more than hint at a talent about to take its place in the American literary landscape.

A gallery of period photographs and documents augments this volume.

Edited by Jim Bishop.



Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books—all of them bestsellers. His recent work includes Mr. Mercedes, Revival, Doctor Sleep, Finders Keepers, and Under the Dome, a major TV series on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review, and it was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Novel Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2015 President Barack Obama presented King with the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to literature. Stephen King lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.




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Dec 28th 2016

Fast shipping, great packaging

Hearts in Suspension arrived in perfect shape, still in shrinkwrap. The shipping was super fast even though I placed the order two days before Christmas. Gerald managed to have it in the mail the same afternoon that I completed the transaction, which was awesome and exceeded my expectations.

Dec 14th 2016

Hearts in Suspension

As a King collector living in Europe, I was very happy to see Gerald - whom I've known as one of the 'super collectors' as well as a true gentleman for some years now - open a bookstore. My first order was a new King book, Hearts in Suspension, that was issued in a small print run by the UMaine Press and which would otherwise be difficult to obtain for me in collectible condition and for a reasonable price. Needless to say, Gerald delivered and I will be happy to make more purchases in the future.

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