This year's Man Booker Prize Winner is exhilarating! It's about the Irish/British mess, yeah. But it's also about all the other messes: the mess of being a woman, and also the messy mess of love and entrapment, and of course the putrid entertaining mess of family. While the story is pretty simple, the writing is the star. If you liked George Saunders's Lincoln in the Bardo or Paul Beatty's The Sellout or even Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, then you can handle this one. Like my friend Mason said, "It's a tricky one--but so, so worth it."
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.