New York, Scribner 1999. Stephen King "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" Signed First Edition. Signed copies of the first trade edition are exceedingly scarce because there was never a book signing event for this title. First Edition, First printing with the full number line on the copyright page as shown. Collector's grade hardcover book with original dust-jacket, now protected in a new mylar Brodart sleeve. A novel in which a lost girl channels the strengths (at the time) of Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Tom Gordon for comfort.
The New York Times - "Frightening....Feverish terror. San Francisco Examiner A gem....Superb. People An absorbing tale...Tom Gordon scores big. USA Today A delightful read, a literary walk in the woods, and not just for baseball fans."
The Wall Street Journal - "Impressive...A wonderful story of courage, faith, and hope. It is eminently engaging and difficult to put down."
New York Daily News - "A fast, scary read...King blasts a homer...[He] expertly stirs the major ingredients of the American psyche -- our spirituality, fierce love of children, passion for baseball, and collective fear of the bad thing we know lurks on the periphery of life."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "King paints a masterful, terrifying picture of every child's (and maybe adult's) worst fear...King uses that creepy-crawly paranoia to perfection."
Entertainment Weekly - "Plenty of thrills...[King's] an elegant writer and a master of pacing. From the Back Cover On a six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland quickly tires of the constant bickering between her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. But when she wanders off by herself, and then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut, she becomes lost in a wilderness maze full of peril and terror.
As night falls, Trisha has only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, and only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fears. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox baseball games and follows the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio's reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her -- protecting her from an all-too-real enemy who has left a trail of slaughtered animals and mangled trees in the dense, dark woods...."