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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

by Tiffany Baker

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Very much a woven story tale. A real page turner. Bizarre. First work by this author. Made you laugh and cry as well. ( )
  lhaines56 | Sep 5, 2016 |
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is a witch's brew of hard luck and determination with more than a touch of the Brothers Grimm thrown in for good measure. It reads almost like a fairy tale with fate seeming to guide a mismatched romance and the unintended consequences of an action based on mercy. It's the most engrossing book I've read in a long time. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
This book was a quick read, and I must say that it had its ups and downs. The premise is one of a girl who is born in a small town into a terrible situation and still makes her way in the world without going completely mad.

Truly (the protagonist and central character) is born to a mother who makes dresses and pretties them up with fine needlework, and her birth causes her mother's death. Her father becomes a neglectful alcoholic, and her sister does her best to raise her younger sibling . . . until they grow up enough to go to the one-room schoolhouse of Aberdeen County. It is at the schoolhouse among the students and a terribly selfish teacher that the bullying begins, and really, the book drags at this point. It would be hard to put all those years of trauma into a few pages, and this portion is pretty central to Truly and her immediate circle of people who influence her, but somehow the writing just did not grip me as it did right at the beginning and towards the end.

Especially at the end, when she is grown and living with the most recent Dr. Robert Morgan and his son, and she discovers the secret of her ancestress' quilt that the philosophy and deep writing really take hold. It starts to be a soul's journey and less of a "growing up different in a small town is miserable" standard fare. Needlework and quilting both figure prominently in this book, as does the borderline Dr. Robert Morgan and his family's influence over her family's. And Truly's influence over her own destiny at the end becomes a most welcome respite. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
What a pleasant read. I wasn't sure if this would hold my interest, but the character of Truly fills up the room, as a giant should.

Tiffany Baker does a great job of simmering 150 years of family history into a few hundred pages, and weaving what could have been a meandering tale into a single story, much like Tabitha Morgan's quilt. There is love, and death, and regret, and reason to hope, even in these outcast lives. Perhaps Serena Jane should have never left - the drama here matches anything Hollywood has ever invented.

My only disappointment is that there were no real surprises. The twists & turns are visible for chapters ahead. And the one thing you might want to see happen is never addressed. So, 4* instead of 5. Regardless, I would recommend this book to anyone. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
In The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, Tiffany Baker's debut novel, we meet Truly Plaice, a woman who has been super-sized since her birth. Truly knows she is different and the polar opposite of her older sister, Serena Jane, who epitomizes a delicate, lovely female. Their mother dies after Truly's birth and their father tries to care for them as long as he can, but ends up having to have the girls cared for by others. By the time their father also dies, Truly and Serena Jane are separated and being cared for by different families.

Truly knows she's different, but on her first day of school she hears the label "giant" for the first time from the teacher, Priscilla Sparrow. Miss Sparrow sends a note home, wanting Truly to go to the doctor, but Truly's father blames Dr. Morgan for his wife's death and doesn't want his daughter turned into a "circus freak". He doesn't understand that she may have an underlying medical condition.

After their father dies, Truly and Serena Jane lead completely opposite lives with different families. Serena Jane leads a pampered life in town, destined to be a future Aberdeen May Queen, while Truly is sent out to live in the country with a poor family. Serena Jane's beauty makes her the target of classmate Bob Bob Morgan's obsession, a desire that is even more malignant than his need to torment Truly. Bob Bob is the youngest in a line of Robert Morgans who have been doctors in Aberdeen for generations but also related to the wife of the first Dr. Morgan, Tabitha Dyerson, who was rumored to be the town witch. The location of her shadow book, a book containing her secrets for healing and perhaps darker powers, has been searched for and talked about for years.

Circumstances bring the diverse cast of characters in Baker's novel together... and with that I'll stop. There was quite a buzz about The Little Giant of Aberdeen County when it first came out so, although many of you have likely read or heard about it, I don't want to spoil the story for those who haven't.

Baker's writing is skillful and creative writer. The narrative is compelling and Baker's use of language is unique. There were really some wonderfully written passages and descriptions. In a twist, she gives Truly a first-person omniscient narrative voice in The Little Giant of Aberdeen County. I was totally immersed in this novel and anxious to finish it.

I did have a couple qualms about The Little Giant of Aberdeen County. First, Serena Jane is raped by Bob Bob and the rather casual way it was treated bothered me. The second thing that bothered me was the third and final part of the book was not quite up to the expectations I had developed after reading the first two parts. It just wasn't quite as good - however I'll still very highly recommend it; http://shetreadssoftly.blogspot.com/

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  SheTreadsSoftly | Mar 21, 2016 |
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At times the town of Aberdeen, with its stereotypical small-town prejudices and quirks, seems a little too familiar. Overall, though, the novel charms and will find a devoted audience.
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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.
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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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