“This book is a charming, light and funny read that perfectly epitomizes growing up in a small town.
Majella is 27, lives with her alcoholic mother, and spends her evenings at the local chipper making supper for the locals. Her life daily life is routine, simple enough, and she is content.
Then her granny is murdered, and the town becomes stifling: everyone is in her business.
Set in Ireland and structured by lists of the things she dislikes, which, if she’s honest, can be boiled down to Other People, this is a story that tastes like vinegar and smells like fried food. It’s vulgar, direct, and as small town as they come.”
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.
Told in a highly original voice, with a captivating heroine readers will love and root for, Big Girl, Small Town will appeal to fans of Sally Rooney, Ottessa Moshfegh, and accessible literary fiction with an edge.