"My life as a girl came to an abrupt halt at the age of one and a half, when I suddenly outgrew all of my sister's old clothes. Trying to shove my head into one of the frilly bonnets my mother had sewn, my father quickly concluded, was like attempting to stuff a watermelon through a keyhole. No matter which way he tugged, how much he heaved and pulled, the bonnet strings would not tie. The bonnet would not even cover half of my red scalp.
My father stepped back and examined me. Whereas Serena Jane possessed the limbs and features of a vain little pixie, my physiognomy brought to mind the heaviest and roundest of objects-a cannonball, perhaps. Something impervious to smashes and collisions. Since I began walking at the unprecedented age of seven months, I had fallen down the stairs twice, plunged unharmed into the flower beds from the front porch, and survived being pushed into oncoming traffic by Serena Jane in our rusted red wagon.
After each disaster, my father patiently checked me for signs of concussion, broken bones, or ravaged flesh but observed nothing. I never had any welts or bruises-I never even cried. In fact, the only way he ever knew about any of my early calamities was the unholy noise I made when I fell. It was, he told his customers in the barbershop, like an asteroid colliding with the earth. Except for that, I could have been made of rubber."
-from The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
“Spellbinding” best describes Tiffany Baker’s tale about Truly Plaice, a woman whose physical enormity has made her an object of derision in her small-minded town. Even harder for Truly to bear is the beauty of her mean-spirited sister, Serena, and her marriage to Robert Morgan, Truly’s childhood tormenter. What a cruel twist of fate it is when Serena’s death puts Truly under obligation to her brother-in-law, who insists she move in and mind his son. Subjected to his brutal degradation once again, Truly nears her breaking point. But when she unearths a family secret, and it leads to a devastating betrayal, will The Little Giant of Aberdeen County finally find the courage to pursue her true calling—and the possibility of love?
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( January 01, 2009 )
Item #: 12-638641
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.84inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I was very drawn to the imagery from the start. Her use of unique metaphors helped keep my interest.
This was one of the worse books that I've ever read. There was no plot, the people were silly, not much happened. I wouldn't recommend.
At first I just could not get into this book. I thought it was too dark and morbid for my liking. But thanks to a very cold October day I decided to give it another try and I am extremely glad I did.
This book made me laugh, cry and sometimes even get angry but I could just not put it down. I finished the book in one day and feel it was an extremely good book and would recommend it to anybody that has a wish that just has never come to be yet. It gives you hope for the future and reminds you, some things are never too late. Excellent read!
I'm only halfway through, but I'm enjoying this book so far. I disagree with the negative reviews I've seen. Yes, this isn't some happy fairy tale, but I don't find it depressing. And I'm pretty sensitive right now (I'm pregnant at the moment). I'd say so far, this is a pretty good book, and I've been picking it up whenever I have the chance. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
Reviewer: Sarah M
I thought this book was great. I couldn't wait to get home from work to pick it up!!!