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Introducing Majella O'Neill the lovable heroine of this darkly comic and highly original Irish debut Majella O'Neill is happiest out of the spotlight away from her neighbors' stares and the narrow minded gossips of the small village in Northern Ireland where she grew up during the Troubles She lives a uiet life caring for her alcoholic mother working in the local chip shop watching the regular customers come and go She wears the same clothes every day overalls too small has the same dinner each night fish and chips. Set in the fictional Northern Irish border town of Aghybogey “Big Girl Small Town” follows a week in the life of Majella a young woman cruelly nicknamed Jelly by the locals She works in a local chip shop and lives with her alcoholic single mother her father disappeared during The Troubles The story begins with the dramatic news that her Granny was brutally murdered in her home An awareness of this simmers beneath the story as we follow Majella's routine existence slinging fried food and caring for her Ma Prior to this news she lived in relative anonymity but local interest in the crime makes her an unwelcome focus of attention There's a humour and wonderful lightness of touch to this story as we view her world through an extensive list of things “she wasn't keen on” Subjects which encompass her judgement range from the “small talk bullshit and gossip” to “the political situation” Throughout the course of the days we see the tedium absurdity and small mindedness of this environment In this way Majella is granted dignity and power amidst a community that has so ruthlessly defined and dismissed her Read my full review of Big Girl Small Town by Michelle Gallen on LonesomeReader

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Big Girl Small TownLla's grandmother whose mysterious death shatters Majella's safe and predictable existence and makes her an object of fascination in the town As much as she wants things to go back to normal Majella comes to realize that maybe there is to life than the chip shop the pub and the town of Aghybogey And it might just be that from tragedy comes Majella's one chance at escape Introducing a truly original voice and a truly original heroine Big Girl Small Town should appeal to lovers of both literary and commercial fiction. Set in Ireland In this ook we follow Majella just after 5he murder of her gran Majella works in the local chip shop We follow Marjella's daily grind and aee the world through her eyes Majella has no real friends efe though she knows lots of people She is also on the autistic spectrum Her father is missing and her mother is an alcoholic This story is told from Majella's point of view Its told over one week in November She's uite a funny and interesting character Majella is naive We learn a little a out what it's like to live in a small town near the orders to Southern Ireland during the troubles Theres ot a ot goes on in the story but there is something there that keeps you readingI would like to thank NetGalley John Murray Press and the author Michelle Gallon for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

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FREE READ º Big Girl, Small Town  Introducing Majella O'Neill the lovable heroine of this darkly comic and highly original Irish debut Majella O'Neill is happiest out of the spotlight away from her neighbors' stares and the narrow minded gossips of the small village in Northern Ireland where she grew up during the Troubles She lives a uiet life caMicrowaved after the pubs close binge watches episodes of Dallas from the comfort of her bed best show on TV She has a long list in her head of things that she sees the point of including eating sex her da her granny and cleaning and a much longer list complete with categories and subcategories of things she isn't keen on Sometimes she thinks that list can be condensed into one item other people People are just too confusing for her   Big Girl Small Town takes place in 2004 during the week after the funeral of Maje. I received this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest reviewMajella is a big girl living in a small world and for the moment she's actually okay with it At 27 years of age Majella's world is fairly routine she works the evening to early morning shift in the local chipper in Athybogey and then goes home eats her fish and chip supper before bed Then in the morning she looks after her mother who is an alcoholic before repeating the previous evening's routine And once a weekend she goes out for a few scoops in the local pub and maybe she gets the rideThis was a really charming book in all of its vulgarity and cussing that kind of wrapped me up in the smell of vinegary chips and the taste of sugary coke at the end of the day Majella is a fascinating character to follow and I loved her for the matter of fact way she viewed the world and how she dealt with everyone in her life from her chipper colleague she gets the ride from now and again to her mother who has always been a handful Majella appears to be on the autism spectrum but I loved that her uirks and oddities didn't stop her doing anything she wanted to do The only time she really hid her uirks were her tics around her mother because her mother was well a selfish gitThis book only follows a week of Majella's life with each chapter spanning one day It's only a few days since Majella buried her granny who was attacked and ending up dying from her injuries I feel like the reader saw huge character development in Majella from Monday to Sunday as progress was made in her granny's case to just how Majella began making small changes to make her life a bit nicer like buying herself a new duvetNothing really 'happens' in this book but it has the charm that comes with a small Irish town and the run of the mill characters you expect to see in such places The way Majella thinks and communicates with people is fun to read and downright funny in other parts