Burns is an Irish writer and her topic here is ubiquitously Irish--The ongoing Troubles in 1979 (I figured the year out by a song reference at the start of the book! Disco was king!). Burns's writing may seem experimental at first (it is a stream of consciousness type writing, without proper names or dates), but a few pages gets you into the rhythm of her writing and the mind of her narrator! Burns won the Booker prize in 2019, and her latest book Little Constructions is also now available in paperback at the store. -- Kathleen
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.