Big Girl, Small Town
'Milkman meets Derry Girls. A cracking read' Sinead Moriarty
'A thrillingly fresh, provocative and touching voice' Marian Keyes
'Bawdy yet beautiful, full of everyday tragedy, absurdity and truth. I grew extraordinarily attached to Majella' Sara Baume
Routine makes Majella's world small but change is about to make it a whole lot bigger.
*Stuff Majella knows*
The story is told from Majella's point of view. It's told over one week in November. She's quite a funny and interesting character. Majella is naive. We ...more
Majella 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 ...more
This story is told from Majella's point of view. Its told over one week in November. She's quite a funny and interesting character. Majella is naive. We ...more
Marjella is in a rut. She lives in a small Irish town and she works six days a week in a chip shop, loves watching Dallas, has an alcoholic mother, missing father and makes detailed lists of the things she likes and doesnt ...more
For me it was difficult read, I could not find the humour in it and I struggled to get to the end.
I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Big Girl is Majella ONeill, an underachieving young woman of stout proportions who is squandering her considerable academic potential by working six nights a week in her local chip shop. The small town is Aghybogey, a thinly disguised version of Castlederg in County Tyrone.
So Majella keeps a list of all the things she doesnt like, including sub-categories. She also keeps a much shorter ...more
I have never been so happy about someone treating themselves to a new duvet.
Set in a small town in Northern Ireland somewhere near Strabane and Omagh, it brought back some good memories. I enjoyed the Norn Iron dialect, the chippy, all the customers with their own backgrounds, details thereof provided by Marty, and the ever present complicated history of the place. It was really lovely spending this time with Majella, always walking around in her ...more
I found this a really compelling and hugely entertaining story. Michelle Gallen delivers a ...more
Only child Majella likes routine, predictability, Dallas and, is happiest in, her own company. But her father has disappeared in the 'Troubles' and her mother is rarely sober-either from the whiskey she consumes by the bottle or, failing that and when the opportunity arises, is "drunk on the attention of others."
So, Majella relies on her working week at 'Salt and ...more
Marjella is witty, realistic and completely recognisable. I loved the fact that she knows and loves who she is and doesn't change herself for others. Her coworker Marty at the Salt and Battered! Really lifted the book, ...more
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion ...more
I got into 50%of it,then gave up... I found it dull,repetative and a little depressing. It's probably supposed to be. Same old same old.
But I found no humour... and so I gave up.
Not for me.
Majella O'Brien lives in a small town, repeating what seems like the same day. Something she accepts as a comfort, due to her upbringing, and also the curse of living in a small town. Then, everything changes when her grandma dies and she is thrown into the town gossip mill and unwanted attention.
Overall, I enjoyed the writing. There is a obviously a focus on the religious divide within Ireland, which ...more
So, how does this debut from Michelle match up to that great expectation?? You know what, pretty damn well.
Not that ...more
This has been dubbed Milkman meets The Derry Girls and being fans of both Anna Burns novel and the tv series, I would certainly agree with this description. I didnt feel that it was as challenging a read as Milkman and was more conventional in its narrative style. I found it a very accessible novel.
The Big Girl of the title is ...more
Shuttling between her job at the chip shop, being tucked up in her room watching Dallas, and the occasional night out at the pub, she does her best to ignore the parts of life she doesn't really understand - and keep a distance from her drunken mother as much as she can. Other people certainly find her strange, but she keeps herself to herself and finds her rituals comforting.
I really, really wanted to like this book but I just didnt. Honestly, this book was just really mundane and a little boring. From reading some other peoples reviews, I think that I might have not understood some of the things that you are meant to read between the lines but these things didnt feel very clear to ...more
You know Marty too, from the chippy. Big lad. Friendly but a bit stoic. Flirty but has a missus. Bangs the girl he works with in the ...more
We read about Majella and the day to day happenings in her life. She works in a chipper every night. Her mother is an alcoholic. Her father disappeared some years ...more
We follow Majella over the course of one week in November; her Grandmother was recently tragically ...more
Majellas father disappeared during the Troubles, her mother is an alcoholic and pain-relief addict, and her ...more