For my first selection in Katie's Book Pass-along, I've chosen The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by Tiffany Baker. First, let's take a moment to adore the cover. Aaaaaah.
Here's the synopsis from the author's Web site:
When Truly Plaice—part Behemoth, part Witch, part Cinderella—is born larger than life into a small-minded town, her birth rocks the pillars of tiny Aberdeen, New York, and breaks her family into smithereens. Truly spends a painful childhood in the shadow of her older sister Serena’s beauty and is teased mercilessly for her enormous physique. But when Serena unexpectedly leaves her son in Truly’s care, she must become the woman of a house she did not choose. Her brother-in-law, Doctor Robert Morgan, was one of her childhood tormentors and, as an adult, subjects her to brutal criticism, cruel medical testing, and degradation to the breaking point. It’s only when Truly finds her calling helping townspeople with herbal remedies that she begins to regain control of her life. However, unearthed family secrets will lead to a devastating betrayal that will break the Morgan family apart forever, and as Truly reckons with her own demons, she must come to terms with her role in Aberdeen’s destiny and the possibility of love in unexpected places.
I put this book on my to-read list after seeing Joshilyn Jackson's comments about it on her blog, and I'm glad I did. (BTW: Joshilyn Jackson is pretty much my favorite modern-day author, and her blog is hilarious.) It's Tiffany Baker's first book, and there's always something exciting about reading a debut novel. You're always taking a leap of faith. But with cover blurbs from Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants) and Joshilyn Jackson (gods in Alabama; Between, Georgia; and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming), I figured it was a pretty safe bet.
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is captivating and character-driven, and I think the characters--particularly the larger-than-life Truly--will stick with me for a while. It's not flawless (the ending in particular seemed a little rushed), but I still think it's one you'll enjoy.
So. If you'd like to be the first Katie's Book Pass-along recipient, just leave a comment on this post before Friday at midnight. I'll pick a winner on Saturday morning, and ship the book off to its new home!