Milkman

Milkman

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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, author of The Glorious Heresies

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 25mm | 499g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export - Airside ed
  • 0571338747
  • 9780571338740
  • 15,644

Review Text

From the outset, Milkman is delivered in a breathless, hectic, glorious torrent. The pace doesn't let up for a single moment.... Ann Burns' hectic, stream-of-consciousness writing, [is] not dissimilar to that of Eimear McBride or Flann O'Brien... Her writing has been described as "point-blank poetry", and rightly so... an astute, exquisite account of Northern Ireland's social landscape, but Milkman is much more than that, too. It's also a coming-of-age story with flecks of dark humour, yet at other points it's a damning portrait of rape culture, and how women are often regarded in communities like this one. Because of this, Milkman is a potent and urgent book, with more than a hint of barely contained fury. Irish Independent
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About Anna Burns

Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of two novels, No Bones and Little Constructions, and of the novella, Mostly Hero. No Bones won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in East Sussex, England.
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32,056 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 27% (8,620)
4 31% (10,006)
3 23% (7,274)
2 12% (3,727)
1 8% (2,429)
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