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Milkman

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel (nominee)
Booker Prize Best Novel
Winner of the Man Booker Prize

“Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”—
The Guardian

In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes “interesting,” the last thing she ever wanted to be. Despite middle sister’s attempts to avoid him—and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend—rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers.
Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.



Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Milkman is remarkable. A tale told by a voice that's utterly compelling and which you read with the feeling that you're being led down the darkest of rabbit holes. Irresistible and disturbing." - Jess Kidd

"Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time." - Lisa McInerney

"Mercurial. Profound. Hilarious. Brilliant. I've been waiting for a book like this for thirty years." - Eoin McNamee

"Utterly brilliant - a once-in-a-generation novel." - Glenn Patterson


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