Mary and the Giant, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Mary Anne Reynolds is a young and vulnerable woman, determined to make her own way in the world.

But Pacific Park, California, in the 1950s is not really the place for Mary.

Her relationship with a black singer offends against the small town's views on sexual mores and exposes its bigoted views on race.

This is a powerful portrayal of the claustrophobia of small-town California, and Mary Anne Reynolds is one of the most memorable characters Dick ever created.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780575074668



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Mary and the Giant was written by Philip K. Dick when he was in his 20s, but he could never find a publisher for it. It was published by his estate after his death. It is one of his many attempts to write “mainstream fiction,” rather than the science fiction that he was known for producing.Mary and the Giant provides a good example of writing that proves Dick could write “normal” books, and write them well. The protagonist is a young woman, which is a change from his usual male characters. My only complaint about the story is that Dick seemed to share the view of the time period that all young women are neurotic until they get have a baby and settle down.

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