The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Written By: Tiffany Baker
Published By: Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group USA, New York, 2009, First Edition, 352 pages, hardcover
“The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is a lovingly-aggressive story of a gigantic woman trying unsuccessfully, to fit into a small-town mould.”
Product Description – From Amazon.com
“When Truly Plaice’s mother was pregnant, the town of Aberdeen joined together in betting how recordbreakingly huge the baby boy would ultimately be. The girl who proved to be Truly paid the price of her enormity; her father blamed her for her mother’s death in childbirth, and was totally ill equipped to raise either this giant child or her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of femine perfection. When he, too, relinquished his increasingly tenuous grip on life, Truly and Serena Jane are separated–Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town on the farm of the town sadsack, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers.”
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is an interesting and unique novel. When I first saw the cover of this book, I just had to read it! At first this story seemed a little odd, yet it grabbed my attention and has a fresh and invigorating plot. The characters are well written and colourful; making me love some and despise others. Truly, who is the central character in this story, is fascinating and very likeable. I enjoyed learning more about her and the medical condition she suffered from as the story progressed. I felt resentment towards the towns’ people who treated Truly so unfairly, as if she were some sort of freak. While constantly rooting for Truly, I was secretly hoping that the scheming and short-tempered Doctor Morgan would come to a bad end. The mystery surrounding the Morgan family and the secrets that Truly uncovers are wonderful and deadly, all at the same time.
Written from Truly’s perspective, this nifty book walks us through her life and the interactions between all of the characters and some of the towns’ people. Truly discovers that life and love, can always find a way.
♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it
A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy.
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