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King, Stephen | Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The | First Edition Copy
Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The | King, Stephen | First Edition Book


First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dustjacket. 1999 NY: Simon & Schuster ISBN 9780684867625
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"The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted" is the first sentence of this extraordinary new novel.

Eager to escape the bickering of her recently-divorced mother and her older brother, Pete, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland wanders off the main path of the Appalachian Trail between Maine and New Hampshire, where they have embarked on a weekend outing. As she tries to take a short-cut to catch up to her family, she strays further from the trail and deeper into the second-growth, untrodden woods, where she has no means of navigation and little defense against the elements.

Bruised, battered, and riddled with wasp and mosquito bites, Trisha elevates her spirits and preserves her connection with civilization by tuning into the radio station that broadcasts the Boston Red Sox games. She spends her first night alone, listening as her hero — #36, the closing pitcher Tom Gordon, whose jersey and baseball cap she wears on her hiking trip — strikes out the Yankees. She imagines him as her companion, and tunes into his games sporadically, as she braves treacherous slopes and fetid swamps, bacteria-ridden (and vomit-inducing) water, insatiable insects, extremes of New England weather, and many, many, lonely, uncomfortable, terrifying nights.

Stalked by an unidentified creature that leaves slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake, Trisha bravely follows the river — and her instincts — in the hope of surviving. A classic tale that combines elements of adventure and spiritual awe, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon engages our hearts and minds at the most primal level.

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5 of 5 An awesome story of resilience November 2, 2010
Reviewer: Nikki C. from TX United States  
Though Stephen King is well known for his works of horror, this book is more reminiscent of his character stories such as The Body (which most people know as the film Stand By Me) or Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (AKA Shawshank Redemption).

This book describes the harrowing story of a young girl lost in the woods who uses her love of her baseball hero Tom Gordon to help her survive. While her family and authorities desperately search for her, Trish does her best to keep herself alive, using all her resources and might to not succumb to physical obstacles as well as mental ones. Desperation, illness, exposure to the elements and the inevitibility of impending death lead Trish to believe she is about to face something terrifying and unknown.

This is a well-balances story of danger, fear, hope and faith from the view point of a girl with the strongest of wills and utmost determination, even if it means setting aside her perceptions of reality to survive.

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