Milkman (novel)

Milkman is a historical psychological fiction novel written by the Irish author Anna Burns. Set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the story follows an 18-year-old girl who is harassed by an older married man known as the “milkman”. It is Burns’s first novel to be published after Little Constructions in 2007, and is her third overall.
Milkman received strongly positive reviews, with critics mostly praising the book’s narration, atmosphere, humor, and its complex portrayal of Northern Irish sociopolitics. Milkman won several awards, including the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, marking the first time a Northern Irish writer has been awarded the prize. The novel also won the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, as well as the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award. As of 2019, the novel has sold in excess of 540,000 copies.

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