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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  8,184 ratings  ·  1,583 reviews
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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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
Aug 18, 2008 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heather by: Advanced Reader's Copy
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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
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."
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
Aug 21, 2010 Annette rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nurses who serial kill the elderly.
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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
Jenny Maloney
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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

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!

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
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
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.
Feb 22, 2009 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
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Linda Irvine
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
Feb 23, 2009 Rose rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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.
Just kinda blah blah and some more blah. Didn't really care for it.
Kieran Walsh
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
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
Laura de Leon
Overall, I enjoyed this book, even if it was an uncomfortable read at times.

I loved Truly's character. She was a true misfit, but felt completely real in spite of how unusual she was. The character's voice really came through in the story, even to me (I rarely notice things like that).

The other characters were... interesting. They should have all felt like caricatures, but they didn't. The book felt real in spite of how extreme the characters are.

The relationships were fascinating. I was particu
With a unlikely, yet likeable main character like Truly Plaice it is not long before you read, and become interested in her life and those in Aberdeen. The irony is quickly apparent in her giant stature yet in her ability to fade into the background. The plot is a little dark at times, but it proves that you don't need to look a certain way in order to find your place in life. I liked the idea that everyone is given something in life even if on the surface that something seems like a curse or so ...more
I didn't get enough sleep the last three nights and was very groggy at work the past three days. My current catatonia is a result of this book that I couldn't put down once I started reading it in the evening. My alarm goes off at 5:00 in the morning, so staying up reading until past 11:30 is a very bad thing. But, I was so caught up in the story of Truly Plaice and the small town of Aberdeen in an unnamed state. I'm not going to bore you with plot details, I'm just going to say that I loved thi ...more
This is a surprisingly great read! I had read about it a while ago and just found it on the library is so good! It does remind you of John Irving's Garp. I could not put it down. Very lovable characters (at least some) in a small town setting. A bit of tragedy, magic, drama, unrequited love...the whole shebang. "Truly", the main character tells her story and you just want to "see "her for yourself! This is the author's first book and I look forward to the next one she's working on...
A giant girl, a beautiful sister--both orphaned in a place where the town's first doctor reputedly married a witch. Oh please, you had me at giant. And, by the way, all of the town's long line of doctors have been from the same family and they're all named Robert Morgan. And, one more thing, the witch, Tabby? Her shadow book has never been found. Tiffany Baker's first novel is filled with quirky characters and strikingly beautiful prose. Granted, she goes a bit over the top at times, which is wh ...more
Flora Bateman
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
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
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,
This book had the opportunity to be really great - the characters are unique and real and Truly has a beautiful, captivating story to tell. But the author has employed some ham-fisted techniques that I found very distracting and which ruined my enjoyment of the book:

1. The story is told from the first person point of view, which is a good choice for the book. However, Truly (the narrator) is given an omnipotent perspective - she knows things that are happening when she isn't around (such as anot
Ricki Jill Treleaven
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
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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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“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.” 12 likes
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