The Little Giant of Aberdeen County: 12/26/10
Truly Plaice, a very large and physically imposing young woman, narrates The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker. She and her "perfect" sister, Serena Jane are separated after the death of their father, the mother having died in childbirth.
The story though isn't so much about Truly as it is about Aberdeen County and the other people who live there. It reminds me a bit of Cicily Alaska, fictional town in Northern Exposure.
It took me a long while to warm to Truly as a character. That's part of the point of the book though. She physically can't fit in with the feminine norms of her town. As a child her father resorts to dressing her in overalls as they fit her better, there just aren't any dresses large enough for her growing frame. Truly doesn't try to fit in just to be accepted and she in turn befriends a few other oddballs and outcasts.
Ultimately it was the other characters in the book that won me over completely. Truly I can take or leave but her kith and kin are fascinating.