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The Girl Giant by Kristen Den Hartog
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Dec 21, 11

Read in December, 2011

I recently finished reading THE GIRL GIANT, and I absolutely loved it. What an incredibly moving portrait of a young girl, and of a marriage. Although Ruth’s condition is not universal, many her emotions and experiences are, and she is (somewhat surprisingly) an incredibly relatable character. While I did at times feel sorry for her, I was drawn to her naiveté and so often found myself (or I should say, my younger, childhood self) identifying with her desire for love, friendship, and normalcy.

Kirsten den Hartog also explores parenthood and marriage in such a unique way, inviting the reader into Elspeth and James’s lives—past and present—through Ruth’s “extraordinary gift.” I found it so very poignant, and her writing so effortlessly beautiful.


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