BIG GIRL SMALL TOWN by Michelle Gallen “Majella is happiest

BIG GIRL SMALL TOWN by Michelle Gallen “Majella is happiest

11/29/2021, 5:05:46 PM
BIG GIRL SMALL TOWN by Michelle Gallen “Majella is happiest out of the spotlight, away from her neighbors' stares and the gossips of the small town in Northern Ireland where she grew up just after the Troubles. She lives a quiet life caring for her alcoholic mother, working in the local chip shop, watching the regular customers come and go. She wears the same clothes each day (overalls, too small), has the same dinner each night (fish and chips, microwaved at home after her shift ends), and binge-watches old DVDs of the same show (Dallas, best show on TV) from the comfort of her bed. But underneath Majella's seemingly ordinary life are the facts that she doesn't know where her father is and that every person in her town has been changed by the lingering divide between Protestants and Catholics. When Majella's predictable existence is upended by the death of her granny, she comes to realize there may be more to life than the gossips of Aghybogey, the pub, and the chip shop. In fact, there just may be a whole big world outside her small town.” This book was so magical and odd, and I loved everything about it. I’m beginning to recognize a pattern of tropes that I really love in books: helplessly unlikeable characters that I find quite endearing and tragic realities undercut by dry humor. This book is the best of both. Although there is a draw of mystery from the disappearance of Majella’s father and the murder of her grandmother, what captivated me the most was the dichotomy between Majella and the small Irish town she lives in. The fictional town of Aghybogey is just as much of a character in this story as Majella, playing as an antagonistic role to the mundane and habitual existence she’s desperate to escape. In all honesty, not much happens in the week we are with Majella, but if you like character driven plots as much as I do, this might be a book for you. If you liked these👇🏾, you might like this ☝🏾 too : • Sally Rooney • MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION by Ottessa Moshfegh • EXCITING TIMES by Naoise Dolan • ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman Thank you @algonquinbooks for this copy! #gifted

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