The Giant's House

by Elizabeth McCracken | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0380730200 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 2/12/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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Named one of the 20 Best Young American Novelists by Granta magazine, Elizabeth McCracken is a writer of fabulous gifts. The Giant's House, her first novel, is an unforgettably tender and quirky novel about the strength of choosing to love in a world that offers no promises, and no guarantees.

The year is 1950, and in a small town on Cape Cod twenty-six-year-old librarian Peggy Cort feels like love and life have stood her up. Until the day James Carlson Sweatt--the "over-tall" eleven-year-old boy who's talk of the town-walks into her library and changes her life forever. Two misfits whose lonely paths cross at the circulation desk, Peggy and James are odd candidates for friendship, but nevertheless they find their lives entwined in ways that neither one could have predicted. And as James grows--six foot five at age twelve, then seven feet, then eight--so does Peggy's heart and their most singular romance.Named one of the 20 Best Young American Novelists by Granta magazine, Elizabeth McCracken is a writer of fabulous gifts. The Giant's House, her first novel, is an unforgettably tender and quirky novel about the strength of choosing to love in a world that offers no promises, and no guarantees.

The year is 1950, and in a small town on Cape Cod twenty-six-year-old librarian Peggy Cort feels like love and life have stood her up. Until the day James Carlson Sweatt--the "over-tall" eleven year-old boy who's talk of the town--walks into her library and changes her life forever. Two misfits whose lonely paths cross at the circulation desk, Peggy and James are odd candidates for friendship, but nevertheless they find their lives entwined in ways that neither one could have predicted. And as James grows--six foot five at age twelve, then seven feet, then eight--so does Peggy's heart and their most singular romance.

Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, February 15, 2019

Released 5 mos ago (2/15/2019 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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On its way to GoryDetails via wishlist-tag. Hope you enjoy it!


Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The wishlist-tag book arrived safely today - many thanks! This one sounded marvelously quirky and I'm glad to have a chance to read it.

Later: Unusual book, in which Peggy, a somewhat lonely librarian, finds herself drawn to the already "over-tall" James. At first, it's more of a mentor relationship; she's 26 and he's 11 (though already over six feet tall) and she finds herself enjoying feeding his book-hunger. She gradually gets to know his family (his mother, her sister, and the sister's husband), and as the years pass becomes more and more involved in his life.

I'd feared that the romantic subplot would be wildly inappropriate and squicky, but as it played out, it was more low-key and didn't really kick in until he'd reached adulthood. Still felt uncomfortable to me - but not as uncomfortable as the events of Part 3. I suppose it made some sense in context but it bothered me...

The aspects of the book that I really enjoyed included the author's descriptions of librarian-hood - marvelous bits about the love of books, of order, of sharing knowledge. There were some great turns of phrase here and there, bits I wanted to savor: "For some people, history is simply what your wife looks good standing in front of." And the look at life for a pituitary giant in 1905s America was also impressive - though tragic from the outset; with no way to control his growth, his prognosis was grim. But he was an intriguing character with a full life, and I enjoyed reading his story.

While this book's set in the '50s, I think the character of James was inspired by real-life Robert Wadlow, who died in 1940 at age 22, when he was 8' 11" tall. The story uses many elements of his life, from the shoe-company advertising to the cause of death.

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Ohio Rd in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, April 25, 2019

Released 2 mos ago (4/25/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, Ohio Rd in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts USA

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