(This book cannot be returned.)
An all too familiar story: a young woman who'd rather be left alone is stalked by a powerful older man. The fraught setting and relentless voice of the narrator, however, make this book unique. The unnamed city (Belfast) is a stand-in for any violent, paranoia-ridden human enclave, a place where everything from the choice of tea or butter to automobile parts signifies us or them. All written, somehow, with humor, and a sense of hope.— Kathy
THERE WERE 'OUR SHOPS' AND 'THEIR SHOPS'. PLACENAMES. WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT TO. WHAT PRAYERS YOU SAID...YOU CREATED A POLITICAL STATEMENT EVERYWHERE YOU WENT, AND WITH EVERYTHING YOU DID, EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T WANT TO... In Northern Ireland, 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. Set against the backdrop of the Troubles, MILKMAN is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness...and of inaction with enormous consequences.