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
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.