"Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique."?The Guardian 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.
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"Complex. Challenging. Enigmatic. While Burns's Man Booker Prize-winning novel earns those labels honestly, this performance adds another adjective: exceptional. Brid Brennan's portrayal of the unnamed "middle sister" is arresting. Her gorgeously accented voice balances honesty and innocence with toughness and stubbornness. This production keeps the listener in the moment while simultaneously building anticipation for the resolution. However, in a setting reminiscent of 1970s Northern Ireland, the resolution will carry consequences. Brennan's "middle sister," a young woman known for her devotion to reading, even while walking, is drawn into the claustrophobic atmosphere of The Troubles when she draws the unwanted attention of a paramilitary officer. Brennan's pacing and full immersion in the text illuminate this challenging novel, smoothing out the roughest parts and lighting up its virtues. L.B.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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