The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
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Starred Review. Baker's bangup debut mixes the exuberant eccentricities of John Irving's Garp, Anne Tyler's relationship savvy and the plangent voice of Margaret Atwood. In an upstate New York backwater, Truly, massive from birth, has a bleak existence with her depressed father and her china-doll–like sister, Serena Jane. Truly grows at an astonishing rate—her girth the result of a pituitary gland problem—and after her father dies when Truly is 12, Truly is sloughed off to the Dyersons, a hapless farming family. Her outsize kindness surfaces as she befriends the Dyersons' outcast daughter, Amelia, and later leaves her beloved Dyerson farm to take care of Serena Jane's husband and son after Serena Jane leaves them. Haunting the margins of Truly's story is that of Tabitha Dyerson, a rumored witch whose secrets afford a breathtaking role reversal for Truly. 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. (Jan.)
My thoughts...this was a first good novel. The story is told in three parts. I enjoyed this book.
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This is a family story full of strangeness: a giant (think a female Andre the Giant) with a lithe and pretty sister, generations of male doctors who come from a female healer/witch who married the first of the male doctors who came to town. Nothing is normal in this book, nothing. I found myself becoming disturbed and the author totally lost me at the cat. You won't know what that means unless you read the book. And it all comes down to this quilt that was embroidered by the first woman healer/witch of the book. Got it?
Male babies who become doctors
A pretty girl
A small guy
A silent girl
A pretty child
Are we clear?
I really expected to like this book but several things spoiled it for me; the very prolonged and nearly unrealized romance, the cat, the lies and cruelty, and death all throughout. Kind of made me sick.
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