Elizabeth McCracken's The Giant's House is a story of romantic love that transcends the boundaries of age and physicality. Misanthropic and lonely Peggy Cort is the local librarian in a small town on Cape Cod. She comes to befriend a boy named James who visits the library and who has one literally fatal flaw - he can't stop growing due to a problem with his pituitary gland, and literally becomes the gentle giant of the town, as well as a tourist attraction and spectacle. Forced to live on his own in a large house made just for him, Peggy tends to his every need and is attuned to his soul. The love story is quite compelling, though the ancillary characters didn't seem to have much to add to the story. A good, though sad, summer read.