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First line :
THE WORLD had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.

Notes :
The novel explores theology in three forms: the God of the Lost, the Subaudible and Tom Gordon's God.

Places :
Maine woods
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Quotes :
  • "The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted."

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  • Written : 1999
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon takes place in the Maine woods in June 1998...
  • The bulk of this short novel deals primarily with Trisha's lonesome journey deeper and deeper into the heart of the woods...
  • Synopsis :
    Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn't her only adversary, though - something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.

    Trisha McFarland is a plucky 9-year-old hiking with her brother and mom, who is grimly determined to give the kids a good time on their weekends together. Trisha's mom is recently divorced, and her brother is feuding with her for moving from Boston to small-town Maine, where classmates razz him. Trisha steps off the trail for a pee and a respite from the bickering. And gets lost.
    Trisha's odyssey succeeds on several levels. King renders her consciousness of increasing peril beautifully, from the "first minnowy flutter of disquiet" in her guts to her into-the-wild tumbles to her descent into hallucinations, the nicest being her beloved Red Sox baseball pitcher Tom Gordon, whose exploits she listens to on her Walkman. The nature writing is accurate, tense, and sometimes lyrical, from the maddening whine of the no-see-um mosquito to the profound obbligato of the "Subaudible" (Trisha's dad's term for nature's intimations of God). Our identification with Trisha deepens as we learn about her loved ones: Dad, a dreamboat whose beer habit could sink him; loving but stubborn Mom; Trisha's best pal, Pepsi Robichaud, vividly evoked by her colorful sayings ("Don't go all GIRLY on me, McFarland!"). The personal associations triggered by a full moon, the running monologue with which she stays sane--we who have been lost in woods will recognize these things.


    Scribner 1999.

    "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

    Dust Jacket price: $16.95


    Hodder & Stoughton 1999.
    216 pages.
    ISBN 0 340 76558 5 Hardback.
    On Copyright Page: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

    Copyright © Stephen King, 1999.
    Author photograph: USA Today
    Jacket image: Superstock/Colin Thomas

    Fiction: Horror


    This is for my son Owen,
    who ended up teaching me a lot more
    about the game of baseball than I ever taught him.


    June 1998
    First Inning
    Second Inning
    Third Inning
    Top of the Fourth
    Bottom of the Fourth
    Fifth Inning
    Sixth Inning
    Top of the Seventh
    Seventh Inning Stretch
    Eighth Inning
    Top of the Ninth
    Bottom of the Ninth
    Bottom of the Ninth: Save Situation
    Author´s Postscript


    'The world had 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. Trying not to be terrified, trying not to let herself think that sometimes when people got lost in the woods they got seriously hurt. Sometimes they died.'

    Trisha McFarland has only veered off the trail to get away from the bickering of her brother and recently divorced mother. She doesn't think there's any chance of losing her way.
    Except, in her panic to get back on the path, Trisha takes a turning that leads into the tangled undergrowth. Deeper and deeper into the terrifying woods. At first it's just the midges and mosquitoes, hanging around her ears like helicopters, trying to drink her blood and sip her sweat. The the hunger. For solace she tunes her Walkman into broadcasts of the Red Sox baseball games and the performances of her hero Tom Gordon. And when the reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her.
    As darkness begins to fall, Trisha begins to give up hope of being found. Alive. And as she struggles for survival and a way out, she realises that she's not alone. There's something else in the woods - watching. Waiting...

    A classic story that engages our emotions at the most primal level, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon explodes our deep dread of the unknown and the extent to which faith can conquer it. Aglow with a girl's indomitable spirit, it is once a powerful fairytale, an astounding allegory, and a brilliant contemporary portrait of a girl and her sports hero.


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