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In Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s, an unnamed narrator finds herself targeted by a high-ranking dissident known as Milkman.

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ISBN 9781644450000
Barcode 9781644450000
Published 4 December 2018 by Graywolf Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Burns, Anna
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ISBN-13 9781644450000
ISBN-10 1644450003
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Graywolf Press
Imprint Graywolf Press
Publication Date 4 December 2018
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Burns, Anna
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 360
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Psychological fiction, Sisters, Northern Ireland, Stalking
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Finalist for 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 named 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Eccentric and oddly beguiling . . . What makes it memorable is the funny, alienated, common-sensical voice of middle sister, who refuses to join in the madness. --The Sunday Times (UK) Milkman is delivered in a breathless, hectic, glorious torrent . . . It's an astute, exquisite account of Northern Ireland's social landscap . . . A potent and urgent book, with more than a hint of barely contained fury. --Irish Independent I haven't stopped talking about Anna Burns's astonishing Milkman. The voice is dazzling, funny, acute. Like all great writing it invents its own context, becomes its own universe. --Eoin McNamee, The Irish Times From the opening page her words pull us into the daily violence of her world--threats of murder, people killed by state hit squads--while responding to the everyday realities of her life as a young woman. --Kwame Anthony Appiah, chair of Man Booker Prize judging panel

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Author's Bio

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 shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in East Sussex, England.

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