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Big Girl, Small Town
  • Michelle Gallen
  • ISBN: 9781643750897
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Pub Date: 12/2020
  • Pages: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Price: $16.95
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You might fall in love with this rough, bawdy, funny, and heart-wrenching novel because of the skill with which Michelle Gallen gives you the cadences and nuances of English as spoken in small-town Northern Ireland. You might fall in love because Gallen is showing you a working-class setting seldom depicted on either side of the pond, an atmosphere of sweat, grease, and labor, of Friday night pubs and Saturday hangovers, of people bursting with shattered dreams and electric intelligence. But you’ll most fall in love with Majella O’Neill, the narrator. She is unapologetically and completely herself, and unlike anyone I’ve met in fiction before. Through O’Neill, Gallen offers an outlook and experience that I’d happily share with other readers.

     -Robert McDonald, The Book Stall, Winnetka, IL

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