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The giant's house : a romance
Elizabeth McCracken
Adult Fiction MCCRACKEN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

PW called this NBA finalist, the study of a love affair between a librarian and young man suffering from gigantism, "brilliantly imagined." (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The plot of McCracken's eloquent and hauntingly beautiful first novel is fairy-tale simple: A young librarian meets an overgrown boy who is destined to become the world's tallest man. She falls in love with him, though he is doomed to die young. The events of the novel span eight years beginning in 1950. McCracken convincingly portrays the period, deploying a few telling details‘the fold-down seat of a Nash Rambler, New York City's Automat, the snappy patter of journalists‘rather than reckless ornamentation. Narrator Peggy Cort is the library director of Brewsterville, a Massachusetts town "halfway up the spit curl of the Cape." James Carlson Sweatt is 11 and "tall even for a grown man." The title refers to the house that is built in James's backyard to accommodate his prodigious size. Peggy holds her love for James close to her heart, partly because of the scandal that might result but mostly out of fear that it would go unreciprocated. The theme of carrying a secret love is resolved ingeniously in a surprising and satisfying ending. This is a teriffic first novel, and McCracken is definitely a writer to watch. Highly recommended. [For more on this book see "Librarian Falls for Pituitary Giant," p. 165.‘Ed.]‘Adam Mazmanian, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Peggy Cort
Age: 26

James Carlson Sweatt
Age: 11
Extremely tall and growing.

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