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.
Anna Burns (born 1962) is an Irish author. She was born in Belfast and moved to London in 1987. Her first novel, No Bones, is an account of a girl's life growing up in Belfast during the Troubles.
Awards: Winner of the 2001 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize Shortlisted for the 2002 Orange Prize (No Bones) Winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize (Milkman) National Book Critics Circle Award 2019 Nominee (Milkman) Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 Nominee (Milkman) Winner of the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award (Milkman)