by michelle, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
In Tiffany Baker's debut novel we meet the kind-hearted Truly Plaice. Massive from birth, growing into a 400-pound giant, Truly strives to be normal in a world in which she literally and figuratively does not fit. Truly's strength of virtue comes out when she steps into the role of surrogate mother to her estranged sister's young son. She endures daily verbal abuse from her egotistical brother-in-law, the town's only doctor, in order to provide a loving home environment to her growing nephew. In the doctor's home she uncovers a quilt that contains the key to the folklore rumors that have rested with the townsfolk in her rural upstate New York community. The knowledge the quilt contains gives Truly the power of life and death and leads her to discover her own inner strength and dignity. Baker's descriptive writing flows naturally through this complex story that does not disappoint.