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The little giant of Aberdeen County : a novel
Tiffany Baker
Adult Fiction BAKER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Baker's quickly paced first novel follows the painfully gloomy journey of plus-sized protagonist Truly, whose life is filled with tragedy, difficulties, and sorrow as well as-eventually-joy and victory. The characters are well developed, quirky, and somewhat interesting, though the story is a little predictable. Carrington MacDuffie (Suddenly) engagingly voices Truly, whose observations on her life and the lives of those around her allow listeners to understand her thought processes. Purchase upon request. [Audio clip available through www.blackstoneaudio.-com; the Grand Central hc received a starred review, LJ 10/15/08.-Ed.]-Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Truly Plaice
Mother died in childbirth; giant; has a pituitary gland problem; separated from her sister; sent to live on a farm after the death of her father; takes over raising her eight-year-old nephew after her sister flees town; able to heal illness using herbs.

Serena Jane Plaice
Truly's sister; perfect in beauty; fled her town and her family.

Bob Bob Morgan
Serena Joy's husband; obsessed with Serena Joy; criticizes and degrades Truly.

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