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“Loved this audio of Anna Burns, Milkman. This is a personal telling of the Troubles and life in Northern Ireland, the day to day, the trauma, the danger (where no one is named but all are known). Middle sister, the narrator, is whip smart, wickedly funny and trying desperately to not be "interesting" yet somehow she has become the talk of the neighborhood. Even if you never thought you wanted to time travel to Northern Ireland during the Troubles you really should - Burns makes it a worthy trip.”

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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 a story of inaction with enormous consequences.

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