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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
by Tiffany Baker

Published: 2009-01-08
Hardcover : 341 pages
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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 ...
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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, the epitome of femine perfection. When he, too, relinquished his increasingly tenuous grip on life, Truly and Serena Jane are separated--Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town on the farm of the town sadsack, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers.

Serena Jane's beauty proves to be her greatest blessing and her biggest curse, for it makes her the obsession of classmate Bob Bob Morgan, the youngest in a line of Robert Morgans who have been doctors in Aberdeen for generations. Though they have long been the pillars of the community, the earliest Robert Morgan married the town witch, Tabitha Dyerson, and the location of her fabled shadow book--containing mysterious secrets for healing and darker powers--has been the subject of town gossip ever since. Bob Bob Morgan, one of Truly's biggest tormentors, does the unthinkable to claim the prize of Serena Jane, and changes the destiny of all Aberdeen from there on.

When Serena Jane flees town and a loveless marriage to Bob Bob, it is Truly who must become the woman of a house that she did not choose and mother to her eight-year-old nephew Bobbie. Truly's brother-in-law is relentless and brutal; he criticizes her physique and the limitations of her health as a result, and degrades her more than any one human could bear. It is only when Truly finds her calling--the ability to heal illness with herbs and naturopathic techniques--hidden within the folds of Robert Morgan's family quilt, that she begins to regain control over her life and herself. Unearthed family secrets, however, will lead to the kind of betrayal that eventually break the Morgan family apart forever, but Truly's reckoning with her own demons allows for both an uprooting of Aberdeen County, and the possibility of love in unexpected places.

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We brought big food for dinner. I brought a big pumpkin cake.
by gourmet (see profile) 10/29/09
We had the author on speaker phone. She was charming and fun.

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  "The Little Giant of Aberdeen County"by dogdmc49 (see profile) 02/06/14

I thought this book was great--a very different story line--you just kept rooting for the underdog "Truly" to have life go her way

 
  ""Truly" a Giant of a Story"by nbaker (see profile) 08/24/12

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is a captivating story or endurance, perseverance and personal strength. Unusually large since before birth, "Truly" proves to have a heart in proportion to her size.... (read more)

 
  "I really enjoyed this book"by mcarreno27 (see profile) 08/03/12

I love the decades the author takes to develop and grow the characters. The protagonist is unique in terms of her predicament. I felt like I could put a face with all the characters. There are many... (read more)

 
  ""Even before I emerged from my mother’s womb in 1953, people began warning my mother that the infant she carried was going to be huge.""by 1morechapter (see profile) 02/14/11

I really enjoyed this debut novel — particularly the first 3/4 of it. Tiffany Baker has created a very extraordinary character in Truly Plaice. First called a ‘little giant’ by her te... (read more)

 
  "The Little Giant of Aberdeen County"by Ramsayrl (see profile) 04/22/10

It was a good book, with an interesting storyline and characters!

 
  "Great book!"by kdy12570 (see profile) 11/11/09

Our club enjoyed discussing this book and everyone enjoyed the book that read it.

 
  "The Little Giant of Aberdeen County"by gourmet (see profile) 10/29/09

This was a fantastic, insightful and inspiring book to read. The characters were woven into and around the story in a skillful way. The importance of acceptance in a small town is an appropriate topic... (read more)

 
  "The Fat Lady 's revenge"by Chapterscam (see profile) 07/09/09

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