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. Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
"Carrington MacDuffie brings Baker's sprawling debut title to life with a thorough attention to detail and excellent ability to convey the rustic local color of rural upstate New York without falling into stock caricatures. Protagonist Truly Plaice whose size and stature isolate her from daily social life in the provincial community never loses her grit and determination in spite of all the heartache she endures. MacDuffie's talent shines in her portrayal of Truly's childhood friend Amelia Dyerson, whose mute interactions with the outside world belie her scrappy survival skills and emotional depth. MacDuffie also brings skill and insight to the male figures, particularly Truly's menacing brother-in-law, Doctor 'Bob-Bob' Morgan. The transitions make for a sometimes challenging listening experience, but MacDuffie does justice to the ambitious project. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 8). (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Since she was born, Truly has suffered constant abuse and humiliation for her enormous size, while her beautiful, feminine sister, Serena Jane, has been pampered and admired. But when Serena Janes beauty attracts a ruthless suitor with a witch in the family, both their destinies change forever.
Since she was born, Truly has paid a price for her large size. Her father blamed her for her mother's death in childbirth, and he was ill-equipped to raise either this giant child or her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. When their father died, the sisters were separated, Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen, and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, subject to abuse and humiliation from her peers. But Serena Jane's beauty turns out to be as much a curse as a blessing, as it attracts the interest of the ruthless Bob Bob Morgan. When Serena Jane flees town, it is Truly who must become mother to her eight-year-old nephew while facing relentless cruelty from her brother-in-law. But when Truly finds her calling as a naturopathic healer, she finds some control over her life, as well as the possibility of love in unexpected places.