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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tiffany Baker Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Since she was born, Truly has paid a price for her large size. Her father blamed her for her mother’s death in childbirth, and he was ill-equipped to raise either this giant child or her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. When their father died, the sisters were separated, Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen, and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, subject to abuse and humiliation from her peers.

But Serena Jane’s beauty turns out to be as much a curse as a blessing, as it attracts the interest of the ruthless Bob Bob Morgan. When Serena Jane flees town, it is Truly who must become mother to her eight-year-old nephew while facing relentless cruelty from her brother-in-law. But when Truly finds her calling as a naturopathic healer, she finds some control over her life, as well as the possibility of love in unexpected places.

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  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County grabs you from its astonishing beginning to its riveting conclusion. Its charms are multitude—a wholly unique love story, a devastating friendship, a bewitching multi-generational history, all brought to an apex in the larger-than-life personage of Truly, a heroine simultaneously infused with a quiet and dignified grace and peculiar sense of purpose. This dark-yet-rollicking debut is a must-read.”

    Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

  • “A beautiful, startling and wholly original novel, LGOAC is infused with magic, lush language, and surprises on every page. Tiffany Baker has given us a flawed, prickly, enchanting heroine in Truly—part Cinderella, part Witch, part Behemoth. In this timeless story of small town life, the boundary between reality and fairy tale does not exist, and, happy endings are possible but hard-won. This book is a treasure.”

    Stephanie Kallos, author of Broken for You 

  • “Tiffany Baker poured her whole heart into this weird and wonderful first novel—and the result resembles its heroine: ungainly but magical; grotesque but true.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Truly Plaice is a heroine for our times. She is also a mercy killer, a healer, a loyal and loving friend, aunt and sister and the star of an enchanting first novel.”

    USA Today

  • “This fun, folkloric story is part Ugly Duckling, part Tim Burton’s Big Fish...For anyone looking to vanquish the cruelties of the real world, this one’s for you.”

    Marie Claire

  • “One splendid book...Pick of the week.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “An alluring plot...lush voice...Baker has a good sense of the dark comedy of melodrama.”

    Washington Post

  • “First-time novelist Tiffany Baker uses the omniscient first-person narrator with ease. Although written in the past tense, the straightforward timeline construction manages to deliver for its characters a fairy-tale quality of coming, going and being all at once. Truly’s wisdom and self-possession are the charm.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A little pearl of a book...like buried treasure.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “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…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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Carrington MacDuffie brings Baker’s sprawling debut title to life with a thorough attention to detail and excellent ability to convey the rustic local color of rural upstate New York without falling into stock caricatures…MacDuffie’s talent shines in her portrayal of Truly’s childhood friend Amelia Dyerso…MacDuffie also brings skill and insight to the male figures, particularly Truly’s menacing brother-in-law, Doctor ‘Bob-Bob’ Morgan.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Carrington MacDuffie blesses Truly with a sweet, lilting voice, a quality replicated in several characters…MacDuffie’s finest vocalization belongs to the speech-impaired Amelia Dyerson, Truly’s lone companion…Listeners will be moved by this remarkable story of love, loss, and ultimate triumph.”


  • Little Giant is less freak show than fable. Baker does turn her attention to the daily travails of her characters, but the story, which strikes a universal tone and has a folkloric feel, is not bound by city limits. Baker cites her Ukrainian background as one of the reasons folklore has always fascinated her….Though Truly takes up the most space, Baker also populates her novel with a cast of minor characters who add color and their own distinctive voices to the narrative….Baker brings a wisdom and compassion to this timeless portrait of small-town life, a place where the boundary between reality and fairy tale is but a blur and happy endings are possible.”


  • “But the brilliant part of this book is the colorful world of Aberdeen that Baker constructs; she weaves together a multitude of little bits to fashion one genuinely entertaining story.”

    Wisconsin State Journal

  • “Baker’s writing is beautiful. Her descriptive style crafts Truly’s emotions into sentences that are hidden treasures.”

    Las Vegas Review-Journal

  • “A compelling, emotional, and intelligent novel from an author to watch.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Selected for the January 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 2/14/2014

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kelsey | 2/10/2014

    " Pretty writing tries to breathe life into the characters but is unfortunately unsuccessful. Becoming most familiar with the lead character, Truly, still left me feeling unconnected to her. I felt like I was watching a story rather than living it. Maybe it's because I didn't think some of the themes with living in a small town, the lessons from great-great grandma Tabitha Dyerson and forgiveness connected well either. It tried to be profound and come full circle, as with the generations of families, but at the end my mind kept finding holes in the plot and it's what ranks this book lower on likability. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Staci | 2/6/2014

    " this could be a great book club book for discussion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jack7609 | 2/3/2014

    " Yep, another 3! Loved Truly. Loved Marcus (TOTALLY pictured him looking the same as I pictured Owen Meany!!). Loved the Shadow Book and the herbology lesson. Loved to hate Robert Morgan and Serena Jane. Loved the story overall. Didn't love the first person narration and couldn't get over it. "

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