Anna Paquette, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Anna Paquette)
It's rare that a book grabs ahold of me on the first page and won't let go until the end. (It's so rare in fact that I can't remember the last time it happened.) So, I was pleasantly surprised when, within the first few lines of this book, I was so fully immersed in the story that I could hardly stand to do anything other than read. Even now, months after reading it, I'm still in awe of how well the author combined elements of daily life that almost all of us can immediately identify with (work, family, etc.), with the fantastic/magical to create a story that's totally believable but just slightly unreal enough that it feels like a fairy tale. And, for me, that's a sign of an excellent book. I'm not usually one to reread, but this book has a permanent place on the shelf in my home and I look forward to enjoying it over and over again.
Jennmarie68, May 26, 2010 (view all comments by Jennmarie68)
There was so much about this one that I loved. The writing was beautiful, the characters were very well developed, and the story was captivating. I had actually been eying this one for a while and never got around to it. But I'm glad that I was finally given the chance to read it.
There's so many great things about this book that in trying to write this review I don't really know where to start. The main character is so great. Truly's life is so extraordinary, and yet so simple. The events that occur in her everyday life are really so normal. There are just a few events that cause her life to be so different.
The main characters were so well written that I was able to connect with them all. I could understand what they were all going through and why they choose the paths that they took. While my emotional attachment in this one was with Truly, I had a great understand of what they were all feeling.
In addition to the great characters the story was very well written also. While it was definitely larger than life none of it was unbelievable. This story is really something that I could see happening in any town in America.
With this one I could go on and on forever, as it was just a great book. I guess that's the best way to sum it up: Truly a great book!
gaby317, January 27, 2010 (view all comments by gaby317)
If you enjoy John Irving's tales set in New England towns, especially A Prayer for Owen Meany, then Tiffany Baker's The Little Giant of Aberdeen County will likely appeal to you. Tiffany Baker gives us the same sense of fantastic when she recounts the town's history, events in Truly's life, and those of her closest friends.
This sense of fantastic is complemented by the close look into small town life. The most powerful and haunting parts of the book come from the insults, and unkindness that Truly and other "misfits" undergo and the quiet conversations between Truly and her friends as she makes sense of her world.
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is carefully crafted, funny, and haunting. As I read the book, I kept wishing that Truly would push back and teach the bullies a lesson. I am likely more bloodthirsty than your usual reader, and though I enjoyed The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, I would have loved scenes of revenge!
ISBN-10: 0446194220 - Paperback $13.99
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 25, 2010), 368 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
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With an original story and wholly-realized characters, this novel shines. Truly Plaice (the giant of the title) is an unsettling mix of martyr, saint, and witch. She navigates life from her less-than-perfect body, using her ancestors' knowledge of magic as she sees fit. Truly is a one-of-a-kind heroine that will stay with you long after you close this astonishing novel. An amazing feat for a first time novelist.
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