The Gingerbread Girl

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In the emotional aftermath of her baby's sudden death, Em starts running. Soon she runs from her husband, to the airport, down to the Florida Gulf and out to the loneliest stretch of Vermillion Key, where her father has offered the use of a conch shack he has kept there for years. Em keeps up her running -- barefoot on the beach, sneakers on the road -- and sees virtually no one. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. ...
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In the emotional aftermath of her baby's sudden death, Em starts running. Soon she runs from her husband, to the airport, down to the Florida Gulf and out to the loneliest stretch of Vermillion Key, where her father has offered the use of a conch shack he has kept there for years. Em keeps up her running -- barefoot on the beach, sneakers on the road -- and sees virtually no one. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys the privacy of Vermillion Key, but the young women he brings there suffer the consequences. Will Em be next?
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"Winningham relates the story with honesty and sincerity, capturing the melancholy and sadness that abounds in Em's mind. Her gripping delivery is the stuff that great performances are made of. Winningham brings the protagonist to life while still managing to capture the strong sense of foreboding that so often permeates King's tales....The result is a captivating experience sure to ignite the senses of the listener." - AudioFile, on The Gingerbread Girl
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Em has become a runner. Maybe it's to get away from her unheroic and all-too-sensitive husband, the memory of her baby, who died, or maybe even her passive life. Inevitably, her training provides the endurance she needs to escape the sadistic and psychopathic tendencies of the man named Pickering. While not venturing into new territory, King's novella has all of his trademark tension, violence and catharsis with a spackling of misogyny. Mare Winningham's determined tone adds to Em's strong character, and she also provides good pacing and tension that flows well with King's style. Her straightforward reading doesn't overdramatize the intense moments; instead, she lets King's words create those anxious moments. Her matter-of-fact vocalization of Pickering makes the villain even more chilling than King's text. Winningham's portrayal of this character will stick with listeners long after the end.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743571180
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Mare Winningham has appeared in more than fifty film and television projects, garnering an Academy Award nomination for Georgia and Emmy Awards for the telefilms George Wallace and Amber Waves. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    Predictable but terrifying!

    The ordeal the main character endures would be anyone's worst nightmare, however this is an example that anyone who puts up the fight of their life may have a chance at survival.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

    Gingerbread Girl

    It was short, sweet and too the point. Em runs (not jogs) through out this whole book. She runs from everything in her life. Soon her legs get her out of a mess she never needed to get into. The audio book is a good listen for any King fan. However, not his best I would say for anyone to give it a try. The story is good and the characters are for the most part predictable. But all and all you get the sense of a women who gets lifes dirtiest cards dealt to her and somehow finds her way out of them. Good read. OK reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    Great short story!

    This short story is true Stephen King and I listened to it while wrapping gifts for family members - a lot of gifts - and was happy to have some entertainment. 'Reader' did not do male voice of one character menasing enough. Stephen should have done his dialogue!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Excellent!

    Duma Key was scary, exciting, funny and sad. The characters were believable. The description of the island and the sand monster (his beloved daughter) was powerful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really enjoy a thick book and as always Mr. King delivered.

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