The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

>> Friday, February 13, 2009

Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 341
Support Your Local Library Challenge #6

I first heard about this book on
Bookbrowse, and was able to get on the library waiting list while it was still relatively short. I’m glad I did. I was impressed with this first novel by Tiffany Baker.

It takes place in upstate New York beginning in 1953 with the birth of Truly Plaice and the death of her mother. Aberdeen is a small town, but Truly is a big girl. She’s much bigger than she should be due to what is eventually described as a pituitary gland problem. Truly’s older sister Serena Jane is petite and beautiful which only makes Truly’s differentness more apparent to herself as well as the rest of the town. This is a story of several generations of not only Truly’s family, but also the Morgans, who have for several generations spawned a line of doctors for the town.

When their father dies, Truly goes to live with the local poor farmer’s family while Serena Jane lives a life of privilege with the preacher’s family. Their lives continue on both separate and intertwining paths.

The quirky characters are both interesting and not wholly likeable, but I did enjoy the story. There’s a dark side to it along with a bit of revenge flavored folk medicine along the way. It’s hard to say much about the plot without getting mired in the complexities of it, so I’ll just say I did enjoy the book.


S. Krishna 2/14/2009 8:26 AM  

I'm going to read this one for the Library Challenge as well. Thanks for the review!

Mindy Withrow 2/14/2009 1:48 PM  

I just learned of this book recently via my library's enewsletter, so yours is only the second review I've read -- and it sounds intriguing. Thanks!

Les 2/14/2009 2:45 PM  

Another new book I have in my stacks. I got the ARC a month or so ago and now it's already published. I'll get to it eventually. My "next up" book is The Likeness!

Kay 2/15/2009 4:10 AM  

I have an ARc of this and need to get to it soon. Thanks for the review. I think this sounds quite interesting.

samantha.1020 2/15/2009 11:12 AM  

I've heard a lot about this one and have it on my TBR list. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

SuziQoregon 2/17/2009 8:38 AM  

S. Krishna: I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think.

Mindy: It's interesting. The main character (and others) are definitely not completely likable, but I did like the book.

Les: I'm glad I read an early review and got on the library waiting list for this one when I did - there were only a few people ahead of me. I think it would make a good book for a discussion group.

Kay: Hope you like it.

Samantha: It was interesting. It has it's flaws, but I thought it was good.

Anna 2/17/2009 10:07 AM  

Glad to hear you enjoyed this one. It's in my TBR stack, and I'll be starting it soon. Sometimes I have a hard time when I don't like the characters, but they sound interesting enough.

Diary of an Eccentric

SuziQoregon 2/17/2009 6:29 PM  

Anna: I think this one could generate some good discussions of ethics and motivation of the characters.

Booklogged 2/18/2009 4:20 PM  

Glad to see you liked this. I saw the cover and was interested.

BTW, congrats on submitting the winning word - recommenDud is perfect.

SuziQoregon 2/19/2009 8:03 PM  

Booklogged: thanks - I can't believe that won, it truly just popped into my head. Kind of like Whimpulse ;-)

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