The Giant’s House

Finalist, National Book Awards 1996 for Fiction

The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken book cover
ISBN 978-0385314336
The Dial Press
Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books, including The Souvenir Museum; Bowlaway; Thunderstruck & Other Stories, winner of The Story Prize and Longlisted for the National Book Award; and The Giant’s House, a National Book Award Finalist. More about this author >

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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.