In an unnamed country at an unmentioned time, a young woman struggles with life in a rigid sectarian society where even an emblem on a foreign car can bring down the wrath of the state upon the owner. This is a fiercely original book, darkly reminiscent of Orwell and Swift. Its complexity may be challenging at times, but the author, through the unfiltered thoughts and observations of her central character, provides some hope to the reader than an undaunted spirit can never be completely conquered by time, place, or circumstance. — Alden Graves
THERE WERE 'OUR SHOPS' AND 'THEIR SHOPS'. PLACENAMES. WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT TO. WHAT PRAYERS YOU SAID...YOU CREATED A POLITICAL STATEMENT EVERYWHERE YOU WENT, AND WITH EVERYTHING YOU DID, EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T WANT TO... In Northern Ireland, 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. Set against the backdrop of the Troubles, MILKMAN is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness...and of inaction with enormous consequences.