May 10, 2010

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

When Truly Plaice's mother was pregnant, the whole town of Aberdeen lined up to bet on the weight of the baby that could stretch a woman to such epic proportions. Young Truly would pay 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 older sister and polar opposite, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. His subsequent death left Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the town's prodigal May Queen and Truly to eke out an existence with a rattletrap, outcast family on its rundown farm.

While Truly's remarkable size makes her the subject of constant curiosity and humiliation by her peers, Serena Jane's beauty proves to be both her biggest blessing and her worst curse, for it targets her as the obsession of Bob Bob Morgan, the youngest in a line of Robert Morgans, Aberdeen's family doctors for generations. When Bob Bob does the unthinkable to claim Serena Jane, his actions change the destiny of all Aberdeen County.

As Truly grows older - and ever larger - Bob Bob forces her to become mistress of a house she did not choose and mother to her eight-year-old nephew, Bobbie. It isn't long, however, before Truly discovers Bob Bob's real reason for wanting her at his house: his fascination with her physical anomalies. But when she uncovers the Morgan family secret, a centuries old shadow book penned by one of the early Morgan wives, she may have found the key to surviving Bob Bob's cruelties.

Armed with dangerous secrets from Aberdeen's past, Truly soon confronts life-altering moral decisions about whether or how she should use her newfound knowledge. As she practices her herbal healing, she is drawn deeper into the circle of the town until she learns of a betrayal so huge, even she is dwarfed by it. In the end, Truly is forced to face her own larger-than-life demons, redefine mercy, and consider the possibility that love cannot be ordered to size.


Tiffany Baker lives in Marin County (CA) with her husband and three young children. She is hard at work on her second novel, Fleur de Sel.


Wow, what a great book! I couldn't help but cheer for Truly, right from the beginning. Everything was against her, right from the day she was born when her mother died in childbirth. She had no control over her body size, yet her childhood was drastically affected by her appearance. She had to deal with cruelty from peers as well as her school teacher, and her father really had no idea how to help her through these issues.

Later on, this story goes into multiple social issues that we still deal with today. Aberdeen County might not be the most modern of communities, but the residents still had to deal with unusual and unpleasant issues. Truly was the heroine in this story, even though she herself did some very controversial things.

I don't want to give more details, as I don't want to spoil the story. Read this book ... you won't regret it.

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
ISBN: 978-0446194228
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date of publish: Jan 25, 2010

Thank you to Bostick Communications and Newman Communications for providing a copy of this book for the purpose of review.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this looks good...a different sort of read!