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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon [Paperback]

Stephen King
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7 July 2011

'The world has teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted. Trisha McFarland discovered this when she was nine years old. Lost in the woods.'

Trisha has only veered a little way off the trail. But in her panic to get back to the path, Trisha takes a turning that leads into the tangled undergrowth. Deeper and deeper in the terrifying woods.

At first it's just the bugs, midges and mosquitoes. Then comes the hunger. For comfort she tunes her Walkman into broadcasts of the Red Sox baseball games and the performances of her hero Tom Gordon.

As darkness begins to fall, Trisha realises that she is not alone. There's something else in the woods - watching. Waiting . . .

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444707477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444707472
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Stephen King has been for so long the master of the thick blockbuster horror paperback that it is salutary to be reminded of the quieter writer of shorter, tighter stories that he also is. His new novella could hardly be simpler--a nine-year-old girl, smart and resourceful, gets herself lost in the deep woods when she strays off the path for a moment and struggles to survive with a little food, not especially sensible clothing and a Walkman. One of the threats dogging Trisha is her imagination--she is an smart enough child to know how much trouble she is in and gradually to personify the wasps, and midges and dangerous animals, as a God of the Lost. And that imagination is also her strongest resource--she has a baseball cap signed by the Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon, which becomes her talisman. This is a story of almost pure sentiment and suspense; King has always had fascinating insight into the minds of children and a command of detail that makes him the ideal writer of certain sorts of shipwreck. The almost minimal material here--a single character, what she has on her, and deep woods--make this one of his most gripping and compulsive tales. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'A compelling battle for survival that you dare not put down' (Daily Mail)

'Moving, gripping. One of his best . . . A literary home run.' (Mirror)

'Utterly compulsive, bears ample witness to King's mastery of his craft' (Mail on Sunday)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get Lost in this Novel? 14 Jan 2009
Writing from the point of view of a small girl is not an easy task for a middle aged man to achieve, but this is exactly what Stephen King tries to do in `The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon'. To a large extent I think that he actually fails to capture her voice and instead imbues her with too much experience and intelligence. The story itself is a compelling one as the girl in question, Trisha, is lost in the vast expanse of woodlands on the American/Canadian borders. She tries to survive her ordeal by imagining her friends and family as well as the titular Tom Gordon, her favourite baseball star.

The book has a very US centric feel as the baseball aspect dictates - this may put a lot of people off, but in my opinion Tom Gordon could have been just about anyone and the point of the book is not about baseball, but about a young girl trying to concentrate on something to survive. Another element of the book that does not quite work is the supernatural. Trisha drifts in and out of consciousness throughout and hallucinates - or does she? It seems to me that King felt he needed to add `horror' elements to keep with his back catalogue when the tale of a small girl lost is scary enough. The fact is that the supernatural elements of the book are the weakest. Despite my misgivings I could not help but enjoy the book as Trisha was a nice character and the single survival narrative did grip. With some added elements this could have been a great book, as it is, the book is just passable.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pick up the bat 16 Mar 2006
My shelves seem to be weighed under with books - and at least two of them with King -so I was somewhat reluctant to read a story which the back cover described as having a basis in baseball. Ok I'd bought the book -I buy a lot - Im a collector. So it sat on the shelf for a while and every now and then I'd pick it up - toy with the idea of reading it and go on to something more 'substantial'.
Guess what? No big surprise - when I eventually got round to reading it I found I was once again drawn into Kings world - but with a difference. Tom Gordon has structure - simplicity and above all else a satisfying conclusion.
Too many of Kings books - much as love them - seem to flounder with plot and constructive endings.He seems to love the idea of the story but seem unable to resolve it for the reader.
This is why the short story is his medium in my opinion. He can plot and write vivid desciptions and not let his pen wander.
And this book is basically a novella - it deals with one very simple idea and works on it and grows it organically.
Sure it mentions baseball but its got nothing to do with the story which at its heart is about courage - fear and overcoming the odds.
You know what its about - so I wont spoil the detail. It's Kings best read in a long time - a mature read that made me -a 36 year old man - well up and almost - i said almost shed a tear.
Read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 17 Nov 2013
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Again he hits all of the spots, the most incredible honour to read such amazing words as always.
Keeps you turning the page in true King style throughout the night and into the earliest of hours, everything fades away when you start one of his stories.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is soooo good! 26 Sep 2006
This is one of my favourite books ever. It's scary, profound, touching, addictive, and has the most creepy villain I have seen in a long time - Praise the God of the Lost!

Trisha's tale does not seem very actractive when you think about the basic idea: A 9-year-old baseball fan gets lost in the woods, and turns to her walkman for some company while something watches her. However, this is King, my friends, and it becomes an astonishing tale of survival and mistery when elements like Trisha' s imagination and some philosophical topics are added. It made me think, it made me feel for the character, it kept me hooked. It's one of his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great short read! 12 July 2014
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Great physiological horror from a child's perspective
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good read 30 May 2014
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I quite enjoyed this book, but perhaps not as much as other books by Stephen King. Still, a worthy publication.
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3.0 out of 5 stars E-Book 1 May 2014
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Half way through , and it's held my attention but not as thrilling as I expected, but I suppose that is subjective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl who loved Tom Gordon 3 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
King is a great storyteller. I've read most of his books like a great deal of people, and this remains a firm favourite. This is perhaps the third or fourth time I have read this book, and each time I have enjoyed it immensely. It's the way that King writes that makes this book so special. The descriptiveness of the woods, and the mounting fear of the lost child is first rate, it builds in suspense as it goes along, but there are also little moments of beauty alongside the passages of horror, which really compliments the story as a whole.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 19 days ago by P.J. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever got lost in the forests?
Ever got lost in the woods? And that's only the start.

9 year old Trisha McFarland goes with her mum and brother on a hiking trip. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Pegster
5.0 out of 5 stars Little masterpiece
A simple story that captures the spiralling out of control of events that is getting lost in the wilderness, and the blurring of reality and imagination that is a child's... Read more
Published 12 months ago by brian
5.0 out of 5 stars getting back to his roots!!
great bit of story telling, King still has a fantastic imagination, really get into the characters head, your with her all the way
Published 12 months ago by P. A. Rolls
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Normally I would claim to be a big fan of Stephen King's novels but this one just left me wondering when the real story was going to begin. It's... Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Harvie
5.0 out of 5 stars last good king
A good read, unlike almost all of his recent, meandering junk. Little girl lost in the woods is the familiar premise, but King makes it work well by keeping it simple with a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by tel
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle book
As a Stephen King fan I really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down once I had started. Good buy.
Published 16 months ago by miss c potts
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King at his best
Kept my interest throughout. I really enjoyed it . One Stephen King novel I hadn't read before so a great find for a Stephen King fan!
Published 16 months ago by Flora Mackinnon
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