"What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn't like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tried to overwhelm you with nasty, no-brain panic.
"The brochure promised a 'moderate-to-difficult' six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, where nine-year-old Trisha McFarland was to spend Saturday with her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. When she wanders off to escape their constant bickering, then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut through the woods, Trisha strays deeper into a wilderness full of peril and terror. Especially when night falls.
"Trisha has only her wits for navigation, only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fear. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, number 36, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio's reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her--her key to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake.
"A classic story that engages our emotions at the most primal level, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon explores our deep dread of the unknown and the extent to which faith can conquer it. It is a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm, but aglow with a girl's indomitable spirit." -- Synopsis from inside cover.
Oops, I thought I had already made a journal entry on this one! I went on vacation in the spring and on my return I found this surprise waiting for me! It was completely unexpected and so lovely to receive. I had decided this year that I was finally going to read some Stephen King novels. Although I currently live in Brooklyn, NY, I grew up in Maine and it seemed silly that I hadn't read any of his works. I generally don't like the horror genre though so I though I'd try to read some of his novels that seemed a bit different from his usual genre. I read "Joyland" a few weeks ago as well.
I have to say that I think King really is a very talented writer. I enjoy reading his words regardless of the storyline - and I was surprise at how quickly I could read a story that really is just about a girl lost in the woods. I was nervous in the beginning thinking that I would get bored, because how much interest could King garnish with 200+ pages on the Maine landscape?
I'm glad I was wrong. I definitely read this quite quickly and there was a lot to admire in it. However, much like "Joyland" I almost felt like the touch of the supernatural was a bit forced. It's almost as if King felt he had to put it in because that's what he's known for. I also enjoyed his protagonist but felt that even a precocious 9-year old wouldn't have some of the thoughts she was having. And in the end, it is about the woods - and baseball - which are not particularly themes that interest me. But the book is well-written, and I did enjoy it even if I didn't love it. It does encourage me to seek out more of King's works.
Thanks for the RABCK!