This is the kind of book where, when I describe it to people, their eyes get a little wider and they say, “Ooooh.” Truly Plaice is a singular heroine, a woman who can’t stop growing in a town that would seem too small to contain her, but contain it does, cruelly so, as she has few allies among Aberdeen’s narrow-minded denizens. Her beautiful sister, Serena Jane, does escape, though she leaves behind her son and her husband, the latest in a generation of town doctors — only this version has a mean streak. For the protection and care of Serena Jane’s beautiful little boy, Truly moves in with the doctor and before long, nothing is the same in Aberdeen again.
This paragraph fails to do the novel justice though, as it sprawls across the whole of Truly’s childhood, back through generations of Aberdeen doctors named Robert Morgan to the original and his reputed witch-wife, Tabitha, who lingers at the edges of the story.
None of us, I venture to say, have much in common with Truly at the outset. But you will feel her, you will walk around in her bulk and you’ll withstand the petty cruelty of a spinster schoolteacher and then you’ll get a glimpse into the life of that schoolteacher and start to understand her, because that’s another gift from Tiffany Baker is that she doesn’t content herself with a single point-of-view story or a standard omniscient narrator. Truly is somehow…both, and you’ll love her for it.
I’m so proud to be the first 2009 Debutante to kick off celebrating our first release. I urge you all to run out and grab The Little Giant of Aberdeen County right now and prepare yourself for some first-class storytelling, and a little magic, too.
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