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A little giant

Here’s a book review I wrote for the latest edition of the Hipster Book Club.

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
By Tiffany Baker


Tiffany Baker’s captivating debut novel, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, is a charming look at how a truly unique character learns to accept herself despite having all odds against her. Despite some shortcomings, Baker manages to engage her readers through dazzling and well-crafted prose.

The unlikely heroine of Baker’s story, Truly Plaice, is far from average. Even before her birth, Truly was larger than life. After seeing her mother’s enormous and ever-expanding pregnant belly, townsfolk placed bets on just how big the baby would be—a baby they were sure would be a boy. They imagined him being the star quarterback of the town’s team.

No one was prepared for the gravity of the situation, least of all Truly’s mother and the town doctor who could not save her during childbirth. When Truly was born a girl, enormous in size, the town residents were disgusted. But her troubles would only grow larger, because Truly herself would never stop growing. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County follows Truly from her birth through adulthood, telling the story of how this peculiar character grew into her own person in a town that would never accept her differences…

Read the rest here, if you’re so inclined.


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