Virtual Event: Michelle Gallen and Crissy Van Meter

Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 12:00pm

Big Girl, Small Town: Gallen, Michelle: 9781643750897: Books
Join us on Saturday, January 16 at 12pm PT when Michelle Gallen discusses her novel, 
Big Girl, Small Town, with Crissy Van Meter on Zoom! 

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Praise for Big Girl, Small Town

“[A] sensational debut . . . Gallen’s effortless immersion into a gritty, endlessly bittersweet world packs a dizzying punch.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"I loved Majella from the first page. Our relatable heroine jumps off the page like an old friend. Utterly brilliant and deliciously hilarious! With humor, wit and beauty, Gallen subtly unveils a violence and conflict that lies beneath, exploring the legacy of the Troubles and the deeply felt effects through generations."
—Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo

“A winning evocation of a small Irish community whose people burst from its pages. Engaging and satisfying.”
Daily Mail

About Big Girl, Small Town

Meet Majella O’Neill, a heroine like no other, in this captivating Irish debut that has been called Milkman meets Derry Girls

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.

About Michelle Gallen

Michelle Gallen was born in County Tyrone in the mid 1970s and grew up during the Troubles a few miles from the border between what she was told was the"‘Free" State and the "United" Kingdom. She studied English literature at Trinity College Dublin and won several prestigious prizes as a young writer. Following a devastating brain injury in her midtwenties, she co-founded three award-winning companies and won international recognition for digital innovation. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and kids.

About Crissy Van Meter

Crissy Van Meter grew up in Southern California. Her writing has appeared in ViceBustleGuernica, and Catapult. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School. She lives in Los Angeles.

Big Girl, Small Town By Michelle Gallen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750897
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 1st, 2020

“An immensely lovable debut novel . .

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ISBN: 9781643750835
Published: Algonquin Books - October 27th, 2020

“[A] kaleidoscopic narrative . . .

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