Wednesday, April 28, 2010

THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE LITTLE GIANT
OF ABERDEEN COUNTY

BY TIFFANY BAKER

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.


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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tiffany Baker lives in Tiburon, California with her husband and three children. This is her first novel. If you'd like to read more about Tiffany Baker, I strongly recommend you go to her website to see what she cleverly wrote about herself and entitled it "Tiffany Baker's Recipe for a Writing Life". Click here to read that.

MY REVIEW:

Since Wally Lamb gave us Dolores Price in SHE’S COME UNDONE, I have yearned for a character like Truly Plaice and now thanks to Tiffany Baker’s superbly imaginative and captivating writing, we have a ‘little giant’ to root for. This book is sheer magic in so many ways as we follow the painfully poignant journey of our heroine, Truly, in a life filled with contrasts: tragedy and small wonders, sorrow and delight, triumph and tragedy.

Aberdeen County, in rural New York State, is a character in itself as the setting plays into the story in general. This is a small town where everyone is connected in some way either as a family member or through marriage. Of course, in a place such as this, everyone knows each other’s business as well. And Truly Plaice didn’t enter this town quietly but rather as BIG news!

Lily Plaice was expecting her second child in 1953 and was so large during her pregnancy that the townspeople made wagers on how big the baby would be. However, none of the citizens of Aberdeen County were quite prepared for how huge this baby girl really was. Least of which were her parents because Lily Plaice couldn’t handle the size of this baby and she died giving birth to her.

As the narrator of the story, Truly describes how her father was totally unprepared to take care of two young children-herself and older sister, Serena. Due to a pituitary gland deformity, Truly grows larger each day and when she was old enough to realize she was different, there was no sympathetic parent to help her cope with this odd medical condition. Her father is hateful towards her and verbalizes that it was her fault her mother died trying to “push her out”. Truly hopes for an escape when she starts school but instead, she gains her nickname on the first day when the teacher says to her, “You’re a Little Giant”.

Serena and Truly are separated when their father dies and the girls go to live with other families. Serena, pretty and “normal” looking, goes to live with a very rich family while Truly is sent to live on a farm with a very poor family. Amanda Pickerton and her minister husband take in Serena and they adore her and treat her like a doll. Truly was sent to a broken down farm owned by the Dyerson family where she grew to love working outside and with the farm horses. Truly had only two friends, unusual in their own ways, young Amelia Dyerson and a quick minded boy named Marcus. He was a whiz at remembering details. This group made up a pathetic existence for Truly.

Meanwhile, Serena Jane's future seems to be going very well until Bob Bob Morgan comes along. He is the youngest of the Morgan family who have been the town’s doctor for what seems like forever. The Morgan family history goes far back in Aberdeen and the first Morgan supposedly married the town witch, Tabitha Dyerson. Tabitha’s secret book of mysterious forces is said to be hidden and it supposedly contains secrets for healing and other mystifying spells. When Serena abandons her son to escape the cruelty of Bob Bob, she leaves Truly to care for her eight-year-old nephew Bobbie, under the hateful eye of her brother-in-law. Bob Bob criticizes Truly because of her body size and degrades her. However, it is in this part of the setting that Truly discovers her fate. She finds a family quilt filled with old family secrets that lead to GIGANTIC changes in Aberdeen County. From healing potions to life saving emotions, Truly shows she can take the good with the bad and just when you think you have this tale figured out, something else changes to keep you interested until the very end! This little giant of a book by Tiffany Baker is highly recommended and leaves all who have read it looking forward to the next work of Ms. Baker!


GIVEAWAY

I AM THRILLED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY
TO INTRODUCE THIS BOOK TO MY READERS!
THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABDERDEEN COUNTY
IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE LAST
YEAR AND IS NOW OUT IN PAPERBACK
EDITION AND HERE IS A CHANCE FOR YOU
TO MEET TRULY AND READ HER STORY.!

THANKS TO JESSICA AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT NEWMAN COMMUNICATIONS, I HAVE
ONE COPY OF THIS FABULOUS BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY WINNER!


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HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU READ ABOVE IN THE DESCRIPTION OR REVIEW THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK

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BONUS ENTRIES COMING SOON: WATCH FOR MY NEW INTERVIEW WITH TIFFANY BAKER COMING SOON TO SEE WHAT SHE IS DOING NOW AND WHAT HER NEXT BOOK MIGHT BE AND WHEN IT WILL BE OUT. YOU WILL GAIN BONUS ENTRIES FOR COMMENTING ON THAT POST SO BE WATCHING!

GIVEAWAY ENDS
6 PM, EST,
MAY 13!


120 comments:

StephTheBookworm said...

Oh my goodness, I have been trying to get this book for so long! It's been on my PBS wishlist forever. It looks so interesting. A huge baby! What in the world?! It's so intriguing and strange that I must read it!

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StephTheBookworm said...

I think it is interesting that the author moved to England to be with her husband!

StephTheBookworm said...

I entered Love is the Best Medicine.

StephTheBookworm said...

I think the cover relates to the story because most of those mannequin things are really skinny but this one is larger because Truly is a larger woman than normal.

StephTheBookworm said...

I entered I Thought You Were Dead.

Jo-Jo said...

Everything about this story appeals to me. A sad tale of a girl that finally comes to terms with herself.
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Jo-Jo said...

I wonder if the cover signifies the necessity of having to hand make many of Truly's clothes, since store bought clothes don't fit her well?
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Jo-Jo said...

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Jo-Jo said...

From her website I learned that she lived in England with her husband for awhile.
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Pamela Keener said...

I have heard so much about this book and it has been on my wish list forever. The tale of two sisters and how everything evens out as Serena leaves her son with Truly and Truly has to find her way is very intriguing.
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Pamela Keener said...

I absolutely love her recipe for writing life. She partakes ofindecent amount of coffee and chocolate and then has to begin jogging to take the weight off. You go girl!!
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Pamela Keener said...

The cover is interesting in that it has this large manniquin and quilted pattern in the background.
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I entered I Thought You Were Dead giveaway.
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I entered Love Is The Best Medicine giveaway.
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bermudaonion said...

Great review! I agree - Truly is a fantastic character. No need to enter me.

Margie said...

The author says you need indecent amounts of chocolate and coffee for a writing life.
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Margie said...

I've been interested in this book for a long time! I think it will be interesting to see how the main character reacts to a problem which is no fault of her own.
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Margie said...

The cover probably relates to the character's large size...and the fact that she probably had to have her clothes made specifically for her.
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Entered for She-Rain.
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Entered for My Sister's Voice.
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Entered for I Thought You Were Dead.
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traveler said...

I am intrigued with this novel. Unusual to say the least. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

The cover represents a definite symbolism within the story. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

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I entered Love is the best Medicine. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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traveler said...

The author has a lovely prescription for life. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Debbie said...

This book has been on my TBR list for so long! I was mesmerized by the idea of the heroine from the first time I read about it.
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Debbie said...

Love her attitude on life and the fact that she loves chocolate:)
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Debbie said...

I've always assumed the large mannequin related to the woman in the story - perhaps having her life exposed?
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traveler said...

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Jenna said...

Compare it to Wally Lamb? I am all about it! Also, I think it sounds like a great book to compare to society and its view of beauty.

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Jenna said...

I think the cover relates to the concept of beauty. We always see models, mannequins, dolls, etc etc with a certain look- a "standard" of beauty. I would think it relates to Truly being large and being teased, because she isnt "normal"

Jenna said...

What I found interesting was her format! I love that it is like a recipe... plus I think its neat she moved for love

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Jenna said...

I entered the She-Rain giveaway

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I entered My Sister's Voice

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I entered The Middle & Lift

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Margie said...

Entered for Buying Time.
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Margie said...

Entered for Sugar and Glorious.
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Entered for Love is the Best Medicine.
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Pam said...

I've been wanting to read this book since reading all the great reviews when the hardcover was first released. I'm glad that they are portraying Truly to be large due to a pituitary gland deformity as too often, it is assumed that all large people are large because they're lazy and eat too much McDonald's.

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Pam said...

It sounds like Tiffany met her husband while on vacation with her mother. I met my husband while vacationing with my parents!

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Pam said...

entered how clarissa burden learned to fly

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Pam said...

the cover looks like a dressmaker's dummy. Most dressmaker dummy's that I've seen are pretty much a one-size fits all kind of deal. This one, however, looks like it's made for plus-sized women, much like the clothes Truly would need.

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Anonymous said...

I like that it is about two sisters who lead different lives, yet have many things things in common.
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Tore said...

This book sounds very interesting. A huge baby. I would be very interested in reading this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Colleen Turner said...

Thank you for the review. I love how the author paired her larger than life heroine with a small, beautiful, polar-opposite sister to contend with. It appears they both have issues, regardless of what they look like (I love those types of stories!). Please enter me!
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Colleen Turner said...

I found on the author's website that this book is a new york times bestseller!
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Colleen Turner said...

I am assuming the cover is relating to Truly since she is a larger girl.
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Colleen Turner said...

I entered the She-rain giveaway.
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I entered the My Sister's Voice giveaway.
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Colleen Turner said...

I entered the Middle Place and Lift giveaway (by the way, I saw the author on Today this morning and, after listening to her speak I want to books even more :)!).
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Colleen Turner said...

I entered the I Thought You Were Dead giveaway.
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I entered the Sugar and Glorious giveaway.
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I entered the Lemon Tart giveaway.
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I entered the How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly giveaway.
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Kristin said...

I've seen this book quite a few times and am intrigued by it. I love stories about sisters and how different they can be.

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Kristin said...

I think the cover was chosen to signify that all Truly's clothes need to be handmade by herself or a seamstress.

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Kristin said...

I love that Tiffany Baker thinks an indecent amount of chocolate and coffee are needed to be a writer - I would agree with the chocolate but have to change the coffee to tea!

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Kristin said...

I entered the giveaway for A Change in Altitude.

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I entered the giveaway for My Sister's Voice.

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dor said...

Gosh, sounds like a great story. How how though to have your father blame you for your mom's passing.

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dor said...

When I first looked at the cover, I thought the book was about making clothes. ha ha

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dor said...

I entered How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly. This sounds so good too.

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Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about the contest here.
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bison61 said...

everyone knows each other’s business -so typical of a small town!

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Christine H said...

I've tried to win this book at another site too. I want this book. It's in my wishlist at amazon.

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Glenn said...

Thanks for this giveaway - sounds like a great book from the review.

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Aik said...

I'd love to read this book! The synopsis intrigues me!

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Debbie F said...

This sounds like a really great read! I love reading stories about family and relationships. I feel bad for the girl, not having someone look out for her and I really want to see how things turn out for her.

Count me in!

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Debbie F said...

I think the front cover is an indication of how big Truly is and that she may have to have her clothes specially made?

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I entered Hannah's List

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I entered Buying Time

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I have entered Sugar & Glorious

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CarolNWong said...

That a baby was blamed for her mother's death is striking. How can anyone blame a baby?


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Debi said...

I still find it interesting how beauty can lead someone into a better life where as the not so normally looking child ends up on the farm. i would love to read how these two sister interact with their environment.

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I entered the Buying Time giveaway.

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I entered Hannah's List giveaway.

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Debi said...

I would guess the mannequin on the cover relates to the size of Truly's clothing and the fact that she doesn't fit the norm.

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I entered The Girl She Used To Be. Would love to find out how it ends.

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Carol W. said...

I learned that the author is working on book 2.

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Carol W. said...

It is interesting that Truly never becomes very bitter.

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Carol W. said...

The cover reminds me of what a seamstress would use for making clothes- in this case- super large size for the main character.

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CherylS22 said...

I would love to win this book because I want to see how Truly's life develops & whether she ends up happy.

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CherylS22 said...

I love the way Tiffany Baker describes her Recipe for A Writing Life - very original!

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CherylS22 said...

I don't like the cover of this novel, but I feel it definitely relates to the story being told about a woman who is large.

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Misusedinnocence said...

This sounds wonderful. I've heard amazing things.

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I entered the Art Of Choosing giveaway

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I like the cover. It definitely fits the description.

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