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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Tiffany Baker

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Mixes the exuberant eccentricities of John Irving's Garp, Anne Tyler's relationship savvy and the plangent voice of Margaret Atwood all the earmarks of a hit. Publishers Weekly

But this can t be right. You re a little giant! Truly Plaice part behemoth, part witch, part Cinderella is born larger than life into a small-minded town. Her birth rocks the pillars of tiny Aberdeen, New York, and breaks her family into smithereens. She spends a painful childhood in the shadow of her older sister Serena s beauty, and is teased mercilessly for her enormous physique. But when Serena unexpectedly vanishes and leaves her son in Truly s care, Truly must become mistress of a house she did not choose and the unwilling victim of her brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Morgan. Once her childhood tormentor, he now subjects her to brutal criticism and cruel medical experiments that test her endurance past breaking point but Truly may have more power than he realises

Tiffany Baker s debut is a rare and bewitching novel, with a heart as big as its heroine.

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Praise for The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

  • [A] bangup debut... It's got all the earmarks of a hit - infectious and lovable narrator, a dash of magic, an impressive sweep and a heartrending but not treacly family drama. It'll be a shame if this doesn't race up the bestseller lists - Publishers Weekly

  • Grabs you from its astonishing beginning to its riveting conclusion. Its charms are multitude - a wholly unique love story, a devastating friendship, a bewitching multi-generational history... This dark-yet-rollicking debut is a must-read - Sara Gruen, author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

  • [It] read so fresh and unfolded in such surprising ways that I was captivated from start to finish. It's a bracing, bright, masterful debut, and Tiffany Baker is a writer to watch - Joshilyn Jackson, author of GODS IN ALABAMA

  • John Irving fans will enjoy Baker s quirky saga of a girl who can t stop growing but whose years of humiliation lead her finally to love and acceptance. - Good Housekeeping (US)

  • This fun, folkloric story is part Ugly Duckling, part Tim Burton s Big Fish full of betrayals and family skeletons, plus a dash of superstition. For anyone looking to vanquish the cruelties of the real world, this one s for you. - Marie-Claire (US)

  • Baker's gargantuan narrator weighs in somewhere north of 400 pounds, but you'll be panting to keep up with her through this gothic tale of murder, revenge and redemption. - Washington Post

  • Truly Plaice is a heroine for our enchanting first novel. Fiction lovers, remember the name Tiffany Baker. She writes the kind of book you find yourself stealing time from workday chores to read. - USA Today

  • Something a bit different: a magical, well structured, impressive first novel about an oversized girl in small-town America. It s about coping with being different, about life and death, superstition, humiliation and sadness very special indeed. - Bookseller

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Tiffany Baker

Tiffany Baker is the author of THE GILLY SALT SISTERS and THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY, which was a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. She holds an MFA (creative writing) and a PhD (Victorian Literature) from UC Irvine, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.

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