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Fiction Book Club: MILKMAN by Anna Burns

  • Twenty Stories Bookstore 1005 Main St Pawtucket, RI, 02860 United States (map)

Join us on the last Sunday of every month for book club! This month we'll be discussing Milkman, a stunning new novel by acclaimed author Anna Burns. We'll talk about the novel's structure, our favorite passages, and what the author is trying to accomplish, among other things! Enjoy complimentary doughnuts from KNEAD and meet new book friends.


At a glance:

Winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize

“Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.” — The Guardian (UK)

A young woman is forced into a relationship with an older man during the Troubles in Northern Ireland in this tale of tribalism and hope.

Full synopsis:

In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes “interesting,” the last thing she ever wanted to be. Despite middle sister’s attempts to avoid him—and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend—rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers. Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.

Buy the book here.