The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken
A Romance

63%

6 Critic Reviews

A promising idea, ultimately disappointing in execution: McCracken's first novel lacks the one aspect vital to its success- -concern for the lovers.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The year is 1950, and in a small town on Cape Cod twenty-six-year-old librarian Peggy Cort feels like love and life have stood her up. Until the day James Carlson Sweatt–the “over-tall” eleven-year-old boy who’s the talk of the town–walks into her library and changes her life forever. Two misfits whose lonely paths cross at the circulation desk, Peggy and James are odd candidates for friendship, but nevertheless they soon find their lives entwined in ways that neither one could have predicted. In James, Peggy discovers the one person who’s ever really understood her, and as he grows–six foot five at age twelve, then seven feet, then eight–so does her heart and their most singular romance.
 

About Elizabeth McCracken

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Elizabeth McCracken is the recipient of the Harold Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the PEN/Winship Award. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, and Michener foundation, the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was also honored as one of Granta's 20 Best Writers Under 40.
 
Published February 13, 2013 by The Dial Press. 308 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Giant's House
All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average

A promising idea, ultimately disappointing in execution: McCracken's first novel lacks the one aspect vital to its success- -concern for the lovers.

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Guardian

Good
on Jul 25 2012

The book illuminates the way librarians think, the particular alcoves of curious human behaviour they get to peer into.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Aug 02 1996

Despite its peculiar plot — a small-town librarian falls in love with a boy giant — The Giant's House is a homey, curl-up-by-the-fire first novel.

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LA Times

Above average
on Sep 15 1996

True, the story itself is a little short on story. But the premise is so engaging and the narrator so likable one can forgive a kind of slackness in the book's body.

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Booklist Online

Above average
on May 15 1996

McCracken’s first novel is a not-altogether-successful story of two lonely people who meet in a small Massachusetts town.

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Chicago Tribune

Above average
on Jul 23 1996

"The Giant's House" is an interesting experiment that only partly works.

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