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Title:
The little giant of Aberdeen County : a novel
Author:
Baker, Tiffany.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grand Central Pub., [2009]

©2009
Physical Description:
341 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"A spellbindingly woven tale about a girl who grows physically and emotionally beyond her small town's wildest expectations"--Provided by publisher
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780446194204
Format :
Book

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The story of a girl who grows physically and emotionally beyond her small town's wildest expectations. Truly Paige is a giant child, unlike her sister Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, the girls are separated, and Truly becomes the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers.


Author Notes

Tiffany Baker lives in Tiburon, California with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Truly is born into a life of suffering and tragedy. Her mother dies in childbirth, and her father is ill equipped to deal with either of his two daughters. Truly's sister, Serena Jane, is the acknowledged town beauty, while Truly suffers from an illness that causes her to grow way beyond normal size. When their father also dies, the girls are split up, and their lives diverge and reconnect in ways neither could imagine. Woven into the story of the sisters is a larger story of women and the ways they are forced to navigate the world. Although primarily a straightforward story, the novel is infused with moments of magic realism. At times the town of Aberdeen, with its stereotypical small-town prejudices and quirks, seems a little too familiar. Overall, though, the novel charms and will find a devoted audience.--Block, Marta Segal Copyright 2008 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Baker's bangup debut mixes the exuberant eccentricities of John Irving's Garp, Anne Tyler's relationship savvy and the plangent voice of Margaret Atwood. In an upstate New York backwater, Truly, massive from birth, has a bleak existence with her depressed father and her china-doll-like sister, Serena Jane. Truly grows at an astonishing rate--her girth the result of a pituitary gland problem--and after her father dies when Truly is 12, Truly is sloughed off to the Dyersons, a hapless farming family. Her outsize kindness surfaces as she befriends the Dyersons' outcast daughter, Amelia, and later leaves her beloved Dyerson farm to take care of Serena Jane's husband and son after Serena Jane leaves them. Haunting the margins of Truly's story is that of Tabitha Dyerson, a rumored witch whose secrets afford a breathtaking role reversal for Truly. It's got all the earmarks of a hit--infectious and lovable narrator, a dash of magic, an impressive sweep and a heartrending but not treacly family drama. It'll be a shame if this doesn't race up the bestseller lists. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Bigger than life-sized, Truly Plaice feels truly out of place in the strait-laced little town of Aberdeen. A huge debut in so many ways; reading group guide. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.