The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Grand Central Publishing
Truly is an abnormally large person. Even before she was born, her size was the topic of conversation, with the issue culminating in her mother’s death during childbirth. From that point on, the odds are stacked against Truly. She is unwanted by almost everyone, not to mention the fact that she is constantly in the shadow of her gorgeous and popular sister Serena Jane.
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County spans decades. Throughout Truly’s schooling and continuing on throughout her adult life, Truly is an outcast. She has only a few close friends–one being Amelia, the mute girl that grows up as a sister to Truly. Their friendship is as close as can be, which plays a huge role towards the end of the book. In fact, there are certain choices Amelia makes during the course of the book that cause major ramifications for both women and that was what struck me the most about this book.
Serena Jane was another interesting factor in Little Giant. She grew up as the popular girl with her peers fawning over her constantly. Her life takes a wrong turn though when she loses her virginity and becomes pregnant. The father of the child is Robert (Bob Bob) Morgan IV and he and Serena Jane get married out of high school and lead what appears to be a “normal” life. What Serena Jane does when their son is just a few years old is another circumstance in the book that gave me pause. As with Amelia’s situation, I could empathize and sympathize despite the reprehensible behavior both women exhibited.
Did I like this book? I’m still not sure, to be honest. Obviously there was a lot for me to reflect upon, which is great, but I thought Little Giant was slow at times and I don’t think I ever got fully involved. Maybe my problem was that I was unable to connect with Truly. A lot of times I didn’t understand her actions and it left me frustrated. I have been wanting to read this book practically since it was releasecd, so I am glad I read it but I’m not bowled over by any means.
This book counts towards The Debutante Ball challenge.
This book was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes.