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The Giant's House

Elizabeth McCracken


Set in a small town on Cape Cod in 1950, this tells of the relationship between Peggy Cort, a 28-year-old librarian, and James Carlson Sweatt, an "over-tall" 11-year-old. They are odd candidates for friendship, but they still find their lives entwined in ways that neither one could have predicted.
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The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox

“An instant classic, a work to rank alongside other modern masterpieces of fantasy such as Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials” – The Guardian

'Every so often a novel comes along which transcends whimsy with the beauty of its writing. Elizabeth McCracken's small masterpiece is one of these' Guardian

A powerful and unique story about connection, showing that miracles can happen - even across a library circulation desk.

The year is 1950, and in a small town on Cape Cod twenty-eight year old librarian Peggy Cort feels as if love and life have stood her up. That is, 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 for ever.

Two misfits whose lonely paths cross at the circulation desk, Peggy and James are odd candidates for friendship. 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 foot, then eight - so does their most singular romance.

*Perfect for readers who loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine*

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Book publisherVintage Publishing
Publication date4 Sep 1997
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