The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
Truly and her sister Serena couldn't be more different physically. Truly was a ginormous baby, whose mother died birthing her, and who has grown into an abnormally large woman, who carries with her all the insecurities of a lifetime of not fitting in, mixed with a heaping helping of guilt for having caused her mother's death. Her sister, Serena, on the other hand, is a tiny, beautiful, sprite of a woman, confident in her feminine looks and wiles, and garners much attention and praise. When their father dies young also, the girls have a difficult time staying together, and soon Serena has run off with an older man who promises to love and care for her always. After suffering abuse at the hand of her protector, Truly ends up moving in with Serena as a nursemaid to Serena's children, but Truly's life does not much improve. Serena's marriage is difficult and abusive, and Serena, having been admired and coddled her whole life, lacks the skills and self-worth to stand up for herself. Truly initially cowers in fear of her brother-in-law, but eventually has enough, and finds that what is inside is what counts, and stands up for herself and her sister, proving that she is the bigger person with the bigger heart. A gem of a book, restoring your faith in humanity.
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