Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Tiffany Bakers

4 out of 5

The cover is what draws you to this book, but the story of Truly Plaice is what keeps you turning the pages.

Truly is put forth as part behemoth, part witch, part Cinderella. When her mother was carrying her, their small town took bets as to what the size of this baby boy was going to be, but the surprise was on them when a larger than life girl was born. Small towns seem to garner small minds which caused a rather painful childhood for Truly who had to live in the shadow of her older sisters beauty.

When Serena unexpectedly vanishes, Truly finds herself taking care of her nephew in the house of her brother in law Doctor Robert Morgan, a former childhood tormentor, who now continues to subject her to criticism and medical experiments. But she loves her nephew Bobbie and because of that love, she will put up with whatever Bob-Bob Morgan can come up with.

Though the book takes place in the early 1960's, the issues that Truly faces are very much current day topics - war, euthanasia and the most important, what is beauty. Truly, with her band of misfits leads a rather unique life, a life that in it's way is very fulfilling, even with it's potholes and disappointments, Truly is inspiring.

To me, this book had a slight fairytale feel, you had the good, the bad, the evil and the ugly. They just weren't necessarily who you thought they would be when you first started reading the book.

1 comment:

Diane said...

Nancy, Great review. This book made my top 5 list in 2009. I really liked it a lot.