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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2009)
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Corinne
This is the first novel I've read whose protagonist is, actually, a giant, and not in the fairy tale way. Truly Plaice (LOVE the name) is born huge and grows even more huge. Her early years are taut and miserable, living with an alcoholic father in a tiny town where being anything extreme is discouraged. Her older sister, a model of beauty and decorum, only serves to set Truly off as even more vast and unacceptable. As the years go by and things only seem to get harder, Truly has to search hard ...more
Heather
Aug 18, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok
Recommended to Heather by: Advanced Reader's Copy
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Kelly
Feb 23, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book so much! I actually went back and highlighted passages (I wrote in my book- I never do that). Here's one of my favorites:
"She never understood that love- especially that of a child- was the most necessary weight you can endure in life, even if it hurts, even if it tugs bags under the skin of your eyes. Without it, the soul skitters to the edge of the world and teeters there, confused."
Joanne
Dec 31, 2008 Joanne rated it it was amazing
What a terrific read. I love a book that takes over my life as did this gem; which I read in 2 days. The prose, plot, and characters captured my imagination making me eager for the next chapter. As I approached the final pages I lamented that the story would end and I would have to close the book. I highly recommend journeying with Tiffany Baker's Little Giant, Truly and the cast of characters that inhabit Aberdeen both physically and as phantoms woven into a magical quilt. I am in awe of Tiffan ...more
Annette
Aug 21, 2010 Annette rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nurses who serial kill the elderly.
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Karen
Feb 03, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Loved this book
Margaret
Sep 15, 2008 Margaret rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Sadly, not a particularly satisfying book, and I admit that I'm giving up at page 140 (out of 341). Wanted to like it, read some good opinions about it, but it's become something of a slog. The "little giant" is Truly Plaice, an enormous girl with an overactive pituitary gland. This is more or less diagnosed on page 58 and then dropped - it's better for the plot to have a freakish main character than a medical story to address her issue or at least for the general populace to understand it medic ...more
Linda Irvine
Aug 20, 2010 Linda Irvine rated it it was ok
Some books leave me smiling, full of wonder, thoughtful, full and happy.

By all rights, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County should have left me feeling all these things; instead all I feel is frustrated and grumpy. I am frowning, and my inner ear - the ear that tells me if something sounds right, looks right, feels right, that ear - is aching from all its protests throughout this odd, disquieting novel.

Lori Larsens' "The Girls" has a line in it, "I once read some wise writer's advice that an auth
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Brenda
Feb 14, 2009 Brenda rated it it was amazing
From the book:

"Through the open door I could spy the generous leaves of the chestnut tree fluttering, and I yearned to go and stand under it, listening to its chatter."

"...mirrors are just a device for throwing light back at you, and light is just thousands of phontons - little bitty particles. Miss Sparrow didn't really take anything from you. Whatever you ever saw in that mirror left it long ago and became a part of you. No one can steal that."

"Everything in the world has its two faces, howeve
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Cher
Mar 26, 2016 Cher rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.

The only thing I really enjoyed about this one was the author's knack for having an attention grabbing sentence to open most chapters. Otherwise, it was just alright, which was a disappointment as I normally love quirky books and expected this one to be better.

The book has a very fractured feel, as though it is trying to be several different genres and cover a multitude of plot lines, which results in a novel that is stretched too thin and not hitting
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Jenny Maloney
Feb 21, 2009 Jenny Maloney rated it liked it
Shelves: lit-ladies
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Rose
Feb 23, 2009 Rose rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: drama-fiction
I gave this book 2 stars only for it's writing. Tiffany Baker is a beautiful writer and some very lovely lines in this book. With that said, the story itself was very, very unsatisfying. The author would bring up situations such as Truly's giantism was medical condition from her pituitary gland and the doctor, Robert Morgan, tracked and treated her, but then what. The ball is dropped here. Bobbie wears women's clothes. What happened there, where were the discussions, what were his feelings and p ...more
Nancy
Aug 15, 2008 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Truly is an endlessly fascinating character -- a remarkable heroine who is frustrating and annoying at times, but also sympathetic and inspiring. She and the other townspeople of Aberdeen are amazingly realistic, considering that they live in a borderline magical world. I became totally engrossed in their complicated lives with the result that I spent too many nights reading when I should have been sleeping. I simply couldn't put the book down until I found out how it would en ...more
Sarah



Earlier: I remember Jill saying she loved this on gr so long ago--and when I saw it at Dollar Tree, I snatched it up. One buck! Sorry, Tiffany Baker, that your book sold for one buck, but I heard it's good and it's sorta beautiful to me, so I bought it and here I go!

Aimee
Sep 21, 2009 Aimee rated it it was ok
Truly Plaice is too big for her boots. Literally.

Born with the 'disease' Gigantism, Truly has felt herself an outcast in Aberdeen County for as long as she can remember - especially when compared to her fairy princess sister, Serena Jane. But when Serena Jane goes missing, Truly makes a fateful decision: she moves in with Serena's Doctor husband, to keep playing at 'family' for Serena's vulnerable son, Bobbie.
It is here, in this house, that Truly will be subjected to the horror of medical exper
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Hanne
This book will be as much fun to review as to read. The only annoying thing will be to copy all the quotes I indicated, the fun part will be to revisit those quotes and pick and choose which ones to use for this review.
The problem with beautiful poetic writing is that you end up with a million quotes you want to use. The beauty of it is that you hardly need to write a review, you just start scrapbooking, writing some comments in between all the pieces you copy pasted with your literary scissors
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Kathy
Feb 14, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it
Truly Plaice is a giant who continues to grow, long after everyone else has stopped, because of an overactive pituitary gland. Because of her appearance, she is mocked, teased, and rejected by many. There are those who love and accept her too. Her struggle is finding out how to balance both and find her own path in life. She spends many years letting others decide for her, but in the end she does find her own strength and her own peace.

I really enjoyed this novel, but with reservations. The stor
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Emily
Mar 18, 2009 Emily rated it it was ok
Meh. I finished this book, but it never really captured me. None of the characters were particularly sympathetic and the plot was just okay. I listened to this one, and maybe it was the long, dragged out listening experience that made the book feel long and dragged out - possibly if I had read it (quickly) it wouldn't have felt quite so average. That being said, it was totally clean and no bad language that I can remember, so it won't offend. But it probably won't excite, either.
Flora Smith
Jul 11, 2012 Flora Smith rated it really liked it
This one was a difficult one for me to rate. I would probably actually give this one 3.5 stars but I rounded up because I was so drawn in by the end that I couldn't hardly put it down.

This was a book with an unlikely heroine, one of a giant of a woman and the difficulties that she endured. This wasn't a story with beautiful heroine or lots of action or adventure. Instead it was a story about life told from the point of view of someone who is beautiful on the inside. Truly was truly larger than
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Darlene
Nov 30, 2008 Darlene rated it it was amazing
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker is an awesome debut novel from this author. She has a beautiful writing style that to me was very reminiscent of Alice Hoffman. This novel kept my attention throughout and it was not one I wanted to put down.


The novel is mainly focused on Truly Plaice who from every description we get is a giant. Truly's mother dies giving birth to her because she is so big and Truly goes on to live a life of teasing and taunts due to her size. Even worse her
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Carole
Aug 12, 2010 Carole rated it really liked it
Have you ever finished a book, put it down, and then thought to yourself 'I'm really glad I read that book'? That's just how I felt at the end of this lovely story. It wasn't a book that I 'just couldn't put down', nor it was so gripping that I was turning the pages eagerly wanting to know what happens next, it was just a really entertaining 'feel good' story that made you feel happy to have known someone like Truly Plaice.

Her mother dies giving birth to her, her elder sister is beautiful, slim,
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Karen
Feb 22, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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Rachelle
Jul 16, 2009 Rachelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2009-reads
I expected something a little different from this book. Instead I got rape, homosexuals and witchcraft all rolled into one. I thought the characters were rather one sided and were never fleshed out and the story was lagging in so many aspects. It started out ok but I struggled through this and admit to skimming quite a few pages.
Melissa
Truly was born big. So big in fact that her mother died giving birth to her. As the years went on she got bigger and bigger. Not like any other person, but at an alarming rate. Even well into adulthood she continued to grow. This made her a target for mockery in her small community of Aberdeen County, especially when being compared to her beautiful and perfect sister Serena Jane. Readers follow Truly from birth as she chronicles the townspeople around her. After the death of her father she is se ...more
Kieran Walsh
Nov 21, 2010 Kieran Walsh rated it liked it
A really interesting debut book by Tiffany Baker. The story surrounds two daughters – One pretty and loved while the other is, well, huge, and not particularly admired. So, all in all, a predictable fairy tale. There are a few nice character developments along the way. The story brings to light some tried and tested philosophies – Beauty being the biggest blessing yet greatest curse, probably the overriding one. Baker covers some other topics: small town prejudices, the parables around beauty ve ...more
Ricki Treleaven
Mar 09, 2013 Ricki Treleaven rated it liked it
This week I read The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker. The unusual heroine in this book is Truly Plaice. She is renowned in her small town of Aberdeen, New York even before she is born. The whole town is speculating on Truly's weight and on what kind of amazing athlete he would become because surely a woman carrying so large a baby must be having a boy! On the day Truly's mother goes into labor, the whole town arrives on the Plaice's front lawn for the birth. The atmosphere is li ...more
Vannessa Anderson
The Little Green Giant of Aberdeen County was written in a folksy manner that I really enjoyed.

It’s about the denizens of a small town and their problems. The narrator is Truly, whose mother died right after she was born. Truly’s older sister, Serena Jane, was born beautiful while Truly was born the ugly duckling later learning late in life she was born with Acromegaly. Serena Jane gets pregnant right out of high school by the doctor’s son, Robert Morgan. As the way of small towns, the two marr
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Judy
May 03, 2009 Judy rated it really liked it
I react strongly to the visual impact of a book jacket and this one leaped off the library shelf at me. I had read some good reviews of this book so I was intrigued. Truly Plaice is the Giant of Aberdeen County--a baby born so large that the entire town was taking bets on the birth weight. Her mother died shortly after the birth--Truly's father and the inhabitants of the town believe that it was because Truly was so huge, but in fact, it was due to cancer. Infant Truly is left with a father who ...more
Suzanne
May 03, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Recommended to Suzanne by: Fiction Fair BOM April 2010
The prose in this book is some of the most incredible I've seen in quite some time. "I thought of all the other Dr. Robert Morgans scattered throughout the cemetery - four of them in total - and imagined one subsuming the other like those cannibalistic Russian nesting dolls, the parts of them mixed together into a Frankenstein monster of history." If that doesn't paint a picture, I don't know what does.

Besides the fabulous prose, I found the plot intriguing and engaging (for the most part - more
...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Truly Plaice has been larger than life since her conception. The town men wagered on how big she would be when she was born. They all guessed too low. In contrast to her petite, doll-like older sister, Truly looks even bigger. Needless to say, the small town is not kind to Truly as she grows up. The other children are merciless and even adults want her safely out of the way. When she and Serena Jane are orphaned, Truly is shipped off to a farm on the outskirts of town while her sister lives in t ...more
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Tiffany Baker is the New York Times bestselling author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County. She lives outside San Francisco with her husband, three children, and tiny hyperactive dog. Her new novel, The Gilly Salt Sisters, will be released from Grand Central Publishing in March 2012.
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