To give a synopsis of this story seems quite daunting to me, as the complexities of the novel are hardly recognized in a few sentences. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, the debut novel by Tiffany Baker, is a story that follows the arc of a woman’s life from birth to middle age, but in no way is that life typical. The story is often painful, the characters are frequently harsh and hurtful, but the voice of the protagonist is a quiet and quite unassuming one, even though her person is literally larger than life. Yes, this is a story of a giant.
At least that’s what Truly Plaice is told as a five year old by her astounded teacher as the only possible explanation for her much-larger-than-normal body– “You’re a little giant!” She proceeds to live her life trying to fade into the background, which as you can imagine is more than a little difficult. The cast of characters stays small in Truly’s life, since she never leaves her small town, and she suffers the indignities of essentially being the town freak. But, throughout the various hardships she has to endure, she does just that. She endures.
I found there to be an almost magical tone to this novel, even though it takes place firmly in a realistic setting of a small New York town, beginning in the 1950’s. Perhaps it was the lyrical quality of the language– when Truly expressed her feelings, I found myself going back to underline passages and dog-ear the pages. The novel moves along at a perfect pace, and I easily tore through the book in two days, which can be quite a feat for a mom with three young children!
I could have done with a bit of a difference at the end– one plot twist simply seemed too unjust for Truly– but all in all, this was a magnificent debut novel, and I wholeheartedly look forward to Ms. Baker’s next offering.
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Lily Kwan says
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Angie P says
This sounds like a really good read. Thanks!
salina munson says
i saw this book on my book club flyer and was thinking of possibly ordering it. looks very interesting exactly like the type of book i like to read. thanks for the giveaway!
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Amy Griffin says
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Kimberly Miller says
This sounds like an interesting read.
I think most of us can relate to enduring hardships. Thanks for the giveaway!
Sounds like a great book…
Amy A says
I love books! Thanks for the chance.
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Heather S says
This book sounds great!
I would love to read this!
OOOO: a new author. I’m ready since I finished my new Evanovich and LuAnne Rice books in three days flat. Please? And thank you.
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Bonnie Kay Pearson says
When reading a book, I become “a part” of that book and leave the real world behind. I collect books like some people collect dust….”they are everywhere in my house!” I would LOVE to win one of Ms. Baker’s books, especially The Little Giant of Aberdeen County.
Tamara Burks says
Sounds like one I’d love to read.
I have heard about this book and am interested in reading it. Thanks for the chance!
Katherine Frazier says
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Jennifer Jozwiak says
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Charlene Kuser says
Great review of this novel.I am very interested
in this book due to the strength and survival
of this character.A good lesson in this story
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Beverly M says
I would love to read this book, it sounds really interesting. Thanks for having the contest!
Jeanine Price says
Nice prize! I would love to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
Janice Wright says
This looks like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway!
Marcia S says
I was born in 1950 so this is my era. I’d love to read this book.
Nanci K says
It sounds interesting. I’m looking for a good book to read.
Sounds great, love to win!
Barbara Hunt says
Thanks for the contest!