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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

by Tiffany Baker

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A little John Irving-ish, a little Alice Hoffman-ish, a truly magical, beautifully written story that swept me away. Fully drawn-out characters, interesting interwoven story lines, all with a little bit a magic thrown in to the mix! A quick, engrossing read! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
mixed feelings about this one. felt really close to Truly and the author did a great job making me feel her pain and isolation. but it was all so bleak for soooo long and the quilt portion turned the story too abruptly in a new direction. didn't feel planned out or paced well, especially the ending, when at long last things began happening but way too quickly like the author was running out of time and had to finish the book before some kind of buzzer went off. ( )
  mfabriz | Jun 26, 2017 |
Un romanzo magico che narra con incredibile delicatezza alcuni fra i temi più controversi ed attuali della nostra società dimostrandoci che, in realtà, sono radicati nella natura dell'uomo fin dalla notte dei tempi.
Diversità, eutanasia, magia, emarginazione, egoismo ma anche amore, bontà, speranza e amicizia.

Un romanzo che merita di essere letto, assaporato e conservato.
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  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Cute and a quick read, but it felt like a lot of things I've ready before. If you loved The Cure for Death by Lightning, stuff by Sue Monk Kidd, et al, you will probably love this. But it isn't as good as books that are similar but in my opinion, a cut above, such as Water for Elephants and The Time Travelers Wife. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
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 |
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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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"A spellbindingly woven tale about a girl who grows physically and emotionally beyond her small town's wildest expectations"--Provided by publisher

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