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What he was writing, though, along with his friend and fellow novelist Stewart O'Nan, was Faithful, a diary of the 2004 Red Sox season. Faithful is written not from inside the clubhouse or the press room, but from the outside, from the stands and the sofa in front of the TV, by two fans who, like the rest of New England, have lived and died (mostly died) with the Sox for decades. From opposite ends of Red Sox Nation, King in Maine and O'Nan at the border of Yankees country in Connecticut, they would meet in the middle at Fenway Park or trade emails from home about the games they'd both stayed up past midnight to watch. King (or, rather, "Steve") is emotional, O'Nan (or "Stew") is obsessively analytical. Steve, as the most famous Sox fan who didn't star in Gigli, is a folk hero of sorts, trading high fives with doormen and enjoying box seats better than John Kerry's, while Stew is an anonymous nomad, roving all over the park. (Although he's such a shameless ballhound that he gains some minor celebrity as "Netman" when he brings a giant fishing net to hawk batting-practice flies from the top of the Green Monster.)
You won't find any of the Roger Angell-style lyricism here that baseball, and the Sox in particular, seem to bring out in people. (King wouldn't stand for it.) Instead, this is the voice of sports talk radio: two fans by turns hopeful, distraught, and elated, who assess every inside pitch and every waiver move as a personal affront or vindication. Full of daily play-by-play and a season's rises and falls, Faithful isn't self-reflective or flat-out funny enough to become a sports classic like Fever Pitch, Ball Four, or A Fan's Notes, but like everything else associated with the Red Sox 2004 season, from the signing of Curt Schilling to Dave Roberts's outstretched fingers, it carries the golden glow of destiny. And, of course, it's got a heck of an ending. --Tom Nissley
Enjoyed this a lot as a baseball fan, but I found that - not being a Red Sox fan, it was a lot harder to keep up with a lot of the questions and banter. Read morePublished 5 days ago by David
You probably need to be a diehard Red Sox fan to appreciate the effort here. I'm more of a casual Red Sox fan and felt the writting was subpar and detracted from the excitment of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donald F. Markley
The stuff King writes here is solid. It's full of emotion and energy, the ups and downs of a tumultuous season through the eyes of a true fan. Read morePublished 16 months ago by jellydonut25
Lovers of baseball and King and O'Nan -- here is your Bible. A dreamy book about a dreamy season. Five stars!Published 19 months ago by Daniel Wallace
It's a great read for any Red Sox fan. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories of that season.Published on November 22, 2013 by Regina Hafemann
Fair....Not up to King's standards. Tough to follow who was writing...King or O'Nan.....Like King's novels much better Ready for another soon!Published on October 23, 2013 by Robert J. Dobens
I am extremely happen with the condition the book arrived. As a lifelong Sox fan and New Englander I look forward to reading this book finally. Go Sox!Published on August 13, 2013 by Rob