Tiffany Baker lives in Tiburon, California with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.
Baker's quickly paced first novel follows the painfully gloomy journey of plus-sized protagonist Truly, whose life is filled with tragedy, difficulties, and sorrow as well as-eventually-joy and victory. The characters are well developed, quirky, and somewhat interesting, though the story is a little predictable. Carrington MacDuffie (Suddenly) engagingly voices Truly, whose observations on her life and the lives of those around her allow listeners to understand her thought processes. Purchase upon request. [Audio clip available through www.blackstoneaudio.-com; the Grand Central hc received a starred review, LJ 10/15/08.-Ed.]-Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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. Protagonist Truly Plaice-whose size and stature isolate her from daily social life in the provincial community-never loses her grit and determination in spite of all the heartache she endures. MacDuffie's talent shines in her portrayal of Truly's childhood friend Amelia Dyerson, whose mute interactions with the outside world belie her scrappy survival skills and emotional depth. MacDuffie also brings skill and insight to the male figures, particularly Truly's menacing brother-in-law, Doctor "Bob-Bob" Morgan. The transitions make for a sometimes challenging listening experience, but MacDuffie does justice to the ambitious project. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 8). (Feb.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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 ther 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
TLGOAC read so fresh and unfolded in such surprising ways that I was captivated from start to finish. It's a bracing, bright, masterful debut, and Tiffany Baker is a writer to watch.
---Joshilyn Jackson, author of THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING.
"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-rolicking debut is a must-read." (Sara Gruen, author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS)