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
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.