“A novel that is at once unlocated and profoundly tethered to place is surely a novel for our times.”
Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness; a story of inaction with enormous consequences and decisions that are never made, but for which people are judged and punished.
It is the 2018 winner of the Man Booker prize.
Set in a society divided against itself, Milkman explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life.
Middle sister is the protagonist and we follow her as she navigates her way through rumour, social pressures and politics in a tight-knit community. Author Anna Burns shows the dangerous and complex outcome that can happen to a woman coming of age in a city at war.
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