The Giant's House: A Romance

The Giant's House: A Romance

by Elizabeth McCracken
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The Giant's House: A Romance by Elizabeth McCracken

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385340892
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 810,149
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Giant's House 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes there are books that are overrated, this one however should've won every award out there. It is a touching story and even though it is sad at times there s always that hope that Peggy - the narrator and one of the main characters - will make the 'Giant' happy. I think it was written by somebody who truly can put into words what genuine love is and is also familiar with what it means to feel isolated from society.Read it !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up at the bookstore, having never heard of it. What a purchase! I absolutely fell in love with this story and have now read the book 3 times--something I never do. When my husband and I were dating, I told him it was my favorite book and he asked to borrow it and even he loved it! I highly, highly recommend this beautiful story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book on a whim, having never heard of the author or the book itself. I had no expectations and I was amazed with how engrossed I became. It is truly a unique love story and every page was beautifully written. I rate it very high on my list of favorite books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Giant's House' by Elizabeth McCracken is one of my all-time favorite books. I first bought the book when I was 14 and I have read it over and over. It is a wonderful story about an ordinary woman who finds extraordinary love. This book is a must for anyone who enjoys quirky, sweet stories which imaginative characters. You will never forget it!
cuivre More than 1 year ago
This story is quirky and inhabited by peculiar characters--and I loved every page of it. An extraordinarily gifted and imaginative writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you appreciate a good story and one that is out of the ordinary, then you will enjoy this. The characters really came to life. It was a satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Independent female character, tragic male character. Not terribly believable. A little disturbing but try hard not to judge.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently finished Elizabeth Mcracken's novel 'A Giant's House' I can't say I loved, nor can I say that I particularly loathed it. The book was finished, and I didn't find that i needed to expend any exuberant amount of energy to reach its completion. I guess there was not an identifying character in the novel that I found the ability to relate to, have compassion for, except for the end when I felt great symphathy for the narrator. I read this quick read on a bus ride, and can't say lost any of its substance all the while listening to the hum of the engine, and the occassional bump and jump of the wheels. So, read this book for an...airplane ride. But I would reccomend finding something of more substance if a good read is what you seek.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it a love story between a twenty-six year old female and an eleven year old boy? I'm utterly confused.