Milkman

Milkman

In this unnamed city, 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.

Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

Title:Milkman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571338764
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    Milkman Reviews

  • Fionnuala

    October 21stSomebody gave me their copy of the Man Booker winner today because I'm down with 'flu. A nice surprise. And a surprise to find the colour pink dominating the cover. What had I thought? Tha...

  • Doug

    Well, that was ... unpleasant! I usually can read a 352 page novel in two to three days... this took me a tortuous ten, as on several occasions I looked at the book and just had no interest in reading...

  • Hugh

    Deserved Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019This year's Man Booker longlist contains plenty of surprises, but I suspect that none will be more welcome...

  • Debbie

    No no no no no!As in hell no I didn’t finish it! I made it through a third of the book but I just couldn’t take it anymore. It was right up there with a root canal—maybe worse, because it requir...

  • Gumble's Yard

    Now winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction to go with the US National Book Critic Circle award (only the third book to do the double with the Booker). UPDATED THOUGHTSOne of my top books of ...

  • Rachel

    Man Booker 2018 WINNER! So well deserved; congrats, Anna Burns! I loved Milkman, but it's so painfully niche I can't think of anyone I'd personally recommend it to. Set in an unnamed city that's prob...

  • Jim Fonseca

    This book is a current favorite for winning the Man Booker Prize in 2018. Its fame comes from the distinctive “Voice of Middle Sister.” So it’s a “voice” book that makes me think of others: ...

  • Violet wells

    Many writers strive for a fresh vibrant distinctive voice; few achieve it as well as Anna Burns does in this novel. It was fitting that I read this while reading Toni Morrison's Beloved because both n...

  • Robin

    This book represents the very best literary fiction has to offer, as well as much of what puts people off. Highly original, with distinctively crafted sentence structure, dense with meaning, and plent...

  • Meike

    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018 *sigh*This isn't a bad book, but I didn't enjoy reading it at all - which confronts me with the challenge to do the novel justice while also explaining why it didn'...