Faithful by Stewart O'Nan
Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season

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A fan's notes for the ages, Faithful grew from an email exchange last summer. Filled with the heady mix of exhilaration and frustration familiar to all Boston Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan fired off a note to fellow Sox fan, Stephen King, who responded with his thoughts on Pedro, Nomar, Manny, Mueller, and Theo. From the supposed Curse of the Bambino to f###in' Bucky Dent to the recent off-season battle for Alex Rodriguez, Sox fans have seen it all since 1918...except for that elusive World Championship. Baseball history has transformed these fans into a "nation" -- not to mention the most dedicated, knowledgeable fanbase on the planet. Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, proud members of Red Sox Nation, will chronicle the 2004 baseball season from spring training to the last game of the season -- the important plays, the controversial managerial decisions, the significant front office moves, and the spectacular finish (whether heartbreaking or joyous). Attending games together, keeping a running diary of observations and arguments, and occasionally evoking great or tragic events in Red Sox history. King and O'Nan will cheer on their beloved team with the eternal hope that this just might be the year. If you don't have season ticket box seats right behind the firstbase dugout, you can't beat Faithful.

About Stewart O'Nan

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STEWART O'NAN is the author of twelve previous novels, including Songs for the Missing, A Prayer for the Dying, and Snow Angels. In Faithful, he and Stephen King chronicled the 2004 Boston Red Sox. He was born, raised, and lives in Pittsburgh with his family.
Published December 2, 2004 by Scribner. 464 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Non-fiction

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Then there were those who also marveled at the incredible luck of the novelists Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, pals who had picked the best imaginable season for writing a book about the team.

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The Guardian

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What followed is already the stuff of sporting legend: the Sox finally broke the curse in spectacular fashion, winning the World Series by staging the greatest comeback in the game's history against the hated Yankees.

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Publishers Weekly

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O'Nan acts as a play-by-play announcer, calling the details of every game (sometimes quite tediously), while King provides colorful commentary, making the games come alive by proffering his intense emotional reactions to them.

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Book Reporter

(Some readers might have difficulty differentiating between the two writers: King's comments appear in bold type, but after a few pages, the distinction is hard to tell.) What could have been a celebrity stunt --- compared Faithful to Larry King's saccharine Why I Love Baseball --- turns into a ...

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Entertainment Weekly

Early in Faithful, Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan's alternately obsessive, exhilarating, exhausting, hilarious, openhearted diary of the Boston Red Sox 2004 season, King defines his addiction to the Red Sox by comparing it to malarial fever and writes that, win or lose, he'll continue to follow t...

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USA Today

The best line in Faithful Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan's triumphant account of a season of rooting for the Boston Red Sox, the undisputed champs of heartbreak belongs to King's grandson.As King tells it, when the Sox won the World Series last month for the first time since 1918, his son woke u...

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