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MILKMAN Wins National Book Critics Circle Awards

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Last week our adult book buyer and co-owner Lori Feathers traveled to New York City as a board member and judge for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. The award for fiction was given to Irish author Anna Burns for her novel, MILKMAN. Here is Lori's appreciation of the novel which was read to a packed audience of publishers and authors. 

"Reading Milkman is a singular experience. Burns' novel is as original in its presentation as it is profound in its exposition of the familiar and not so familiar terrors that daily assail its hero-- a young woman coming of age in Belfast during “the Troubles.” Here sectarian violence distorts every day existence: ordinary objects become signifiers of personal allegiance, being surveilled is commonplace, and innocent comments are weighted with hidden meaning. The narrator evades assimilating this coded and dangerous world by immersing herself in nineteenth century novels as she ambles among the bombed-out buildings and colorless streets of her district. Yet for all of its weighty themes there is a lightness to Milkman. The novel is funny and full of warmth, and Burns’ characters are wonderfully original in their idiosyncrasies. In this big, sprawling and brilliant novel Anna Burns brings us into a world hostage to misunderstanding and fear but where the human spirit and one young woman’s resilience, shine through."

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Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018