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"My life as a girl came to an abrupt halt at the age of one and a half, when I suddenly outgrew all of my sister's old clothes. Trying to shove my head into one of the frilly bonnets my mother had sewn, my father quickly concluded, was like attempting to stuff a watermelon through a keyhole. No matter which way he tugged, how much he heaved and pulled, the bonnet strings would not tie. The bonnet would not even cover half of my red scalp.
My father stepped back and examined me. Whereas Serena Jane possessed the limbs and features of a vain little pixie, my physiognomy brought to mind the heaviest and roundest of objects-a cannonball, perhaps. Something impervious to smashes and collisions. Since I began walking at the unprecedented age of seven months, I had fallen down the stairs twice, plunged unharmed into the flower beds from the front porch, and survived being pushed into oncoming traffic by Serena Jane in our rusted red wagon.
After each disaster, my father patiently checked me for signs of concussion, broken bones, or ravaged flesh but observed nothing. I never had any welts or bruises-I never even cried. In fact, the only way he ever knew about any of my early calamities was the unholy noise I made when I fell. It was, he told his customers in the barbershop, like an asteroid colliding with the earth. Except for that, I could have been made of rubber."
-from The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Her physical enormity has made Truly an object of derision all her life. But when she is forced to care for her sister’s child, her brother-in-law’s degradation gives her the strength to pursue her destiny…and love.
The best things don’t always come in the smallest packages
“The day I laid Robert Morgan to rest was remarkable for two reasons. First, even though it was August, the sky overhead was as rough and cold as a January lake, and second, it was the day I started to shrink.”—from The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
“Truly Plaice, a giant woman with a big personality and an even bigger heart, can teach us all a lesson or two. One of the most important is that we often find family when we least expect it, but most need it. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is a moving novel that’ll stay with you a long time.”—Sharon Fantera, Editorial Director
“In such an original, compelling way, Tiffany Baker taps into each reader’s insecurities and desire for acceptance. While Truly is a unique and unforgettable character, we’re all little giants under the skin.”—Beth Goehring, Editor
“There is a little—or a lot—of Truly in each of us, and her story will leave you impassioned, affected and most of all, hopeful. A dazzling debut!”—Jennifer Hufford-Varrone, Senior Editor, Doubleday Large Print Book Club
“Some books entertain us. Others make us laugh, or cry, or fall in love. This one will make you think. Little Giant is a powerful, thought-provoking novel about our space in the world and of the things that imprison us as well as set us free.”—Christine Zika, Editor-in-Chief, The Literary Guild
A Special Note From The Author
What a Blue Ribbon Means to Me
When I think of blue ribbons, I automatically picture a table at a county fair laden with homemade jams and pickles. I picture a gaggle of women clucking over spoonfuls of plum chutney and raspberry jelly, and the spectacled town mayor giving first prize to an upstart entry of onion marmalade. I imagine trophy sows, and a pie-eating competition, clouds of cotton candy, and game booths where the reward is a plastic bag with three goldfish tied up inside. I think dipping into a book should be like going to the county fair. You should meet old friends, eat a lot of sticky food you’ll regret later, have a go on some sort of spinning ride, and win an enormous, plush animal. In a good book there should be some version of fireworks, unforeseen romances, town gossip, and, yes, upsets in the jam competition. At the end of things, you should come home messy.
Truly Plaice and the town of Aberdeen belong to this world, a realm that I think is both familiar to most Americans but also disappearing, and this is one of the reasons I write novels: to forge kinships both on the page and with the reader, to capture a community, and, hopefully, to make a carnival come to life. When you’re at the fair you know it isn’t real, but that’s what makes it so exciting. People aren’t themselves. The mayor could run off with the librarian. The town geek could end up stealing a beauty queen’s heart behind the hot dog stand. Anything could happen and when it does, there’s always a crowd to talk about it.
So thank you for choosing The Little Giant of Aberdeen County to sit on the National Blue Ribbon Bookshelf. It’s an honor and a pleasure, and I hope that you and your friends enjoy it so much you decide to give it your own blue ribbons. Bon vivant!
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( January 01, 2009 )
Item #: 12-638641
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.84inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I was very drawn to the imagery from the start. Her use of unique metaphors helped keep my interest.
This was one of the worse books that I've ever read. There was no plot, the people were silly, not much happened. I wouldn't recommend.
At first I just could not get into this book. I thought it was too dark and morbid for my liking. But thanks to a very cold October day I decided to give it another try and I am extremely glad I did.
This book made me laugh, cry and sometimes even get angry but I could just not put it down. I finished the book in one day and feel it was an extremely good book and would recommend it to anybody that has a wish that just has never come to be yet. It gives you hope for the future and reminds you, some things are never too late. Excellent read!
I'm only halfway through, but I'm enjoying this book so far. I disagree with the negative reviews I've seen. Yes, this isn't some happy fairy tale, but I don't find it depressing. And I'm pretty sensitive right now (I'm pregnant at the moment). I'd say so far, this is a pretty good book, and I've been picking it up whenever I have the chance. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
Reviewer: Sarah M
I thought this book was great. I couldn't wait to get home from work to pick it up!!!