Fiction Reviews

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

(1999) Stephen King, NEL, pbk, £5.99, 292pp, ISBN 0-340-76559-3

One of Kingís quainter tales, though compellingly written. Trisha McFarland gets lost in the woods, and thatís about it really. Over the next week and a half she has to survive on what she finds, keeping her sanity by listening to Red Sox baseball games on her walkman and fantasising about her hero, pitcher Tom Gordon. Stranger things happen in real life, as they say, but the pleasure here is in being capitivated for nearly 300 pages by a story in which, essentially, nothing happens. Now thatís the mark of one hell of a writer. So, if anyone thinks that King has lost it, read this and I guarantee that youíll change your mind.

Tony Chester

Other Stephen King reviews on this site include: Bag of Bones, Black House, Cell,Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower 4, The Dark Tower Vol.7, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, Dream Chatcher, Duma Key, Everything's Eventual, From a Buick 8, Liseyís Story, Song of Susannah and Wolves of the Calla. For other reviews (including more recent King ones) see the fiction reviews index which is alphabetical by author (link below).

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