The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Author(s): Tiffany Baker

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"But this can't be right. You're a little giant!" Truly Plaice -- part behemoth, part witch, part Cinderella -- is born larger than life into a small-minded town. Her birth rocks the pillars of tiny Aberdeen, New York, and breaks her family into smithereens. She spends a painful childhood in the shadow of her older sister Serena's beauty, and is teased mercilessly for her enormous physique. But when Serena unexpectedly vanishes and leaves her son in Truly's care, Truly must become mistress of a house she did not choose and the unwilling victim of her brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Morgan. Once her childhood tormentor, he now subjects her to brutal criticism and cruel medical experiments that test her endurance past breaking point -- but Truly may have more power than he realises...Tiffany's Baker's debut is a rare and bewitching novel, with a heart as big as its heroine.


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'Will hold you enthralled from the first page ... It exudes a dark mystery, encompassing murder and revenge, but also redemption ... It's intensely readable and slyly thought-provoking' -- Daily Mail '[A] wonderful, playful read' -- Red 'The fairytale language, well-crafted characters, and feminist undertones make THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY reminiscent of Angela Carter - charming and thouhgt-provoking.' -- Big Issue 'A whimsical slice of modern gothic' -- Marie Claire 'Something a bit different: a magical, well structured, impressive first novel about an oversized girl in small-town America. It's about coping with being different, about life and death, superstition, humiliation and sadness -- very special indeed.' -- Bookseller 20090227 'John Irving fans will enjoy Baker's quirky saga of a girl who can't stop growing but whose years of humiliation lead her finally to love and acceptance.' -- Good Housekeeping (US) 20090101 'Truly Plaice is a heroine for our enchanting first novel. Fiction lovers, remember the name Tiffany Baker. She writes the kind of book you find yourself stealing time from workday chores to read.' -- USA Today 20090211 '[A] bangup debut... 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. It'll be a shame if this doesn't race up the bestseller lists' -- Publishers Weekly 20080901 'Baker's gargantuan narrator weighs in somewhere north of 400 pounds, but you'll be panting to keep up with her through this gothic tale of murder, revenge and redemption.' -- Washington Post 20090104 'This fun, folkloric story is part Ugly Duckling, part Tim Burton's Big Fish -- full of betrayals and family skeletons, plus a dash of superstition. For anyone looking to vanquish the cruelties of the real world, this one's for you.' -- Marie-Claire (US) 20090101 'Grabs you from its astonishing beginning to its riveting conclusion. Its charms are multitude - a wholly unique love story, a devastating friendship, a bewitching multi-generational history... This dark-yet-rollicking debut is a must-read' -- Sara Gruen, author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS 20080901 '[It] read so fresh and unfolded in such surprising ways that I was captivated from start to finish. It's a bracing, bright, masterful debut, and Tiffany Baker is a writer to watch' -- Joshilyn Jackson, author of GODS IN ALABAMA 20080901

Tiffany Baker lives in Marin County, California with her husband and three young children. She is hard at work on her second novel.

General Fields

  • : 9780340919286
  • : Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • : Hodder Paperback
  • : 0.23
  • : May 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 23mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Modern fiction
  • : 352
  • : 813.6
  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Tiffany Baker