Anna Burns Wins the 2018 Man Booker Prize

Milkman, by Anna Burns was just announced as the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize. The novel takes place in an unnamed city following the life of Middle Sister who just wants to blend in and absolutely does not want her encounter with the milkman to be known. Set against the backdrop of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Burns tells the story of an 18-year old girl struggling to live among violence and entrenched town gossip. Experimental in prose, Burns’ third novel marks the first winner from Northern Ireland to win the prize.

Milkman has a Spring 2019 American publishing date. Look for the Booklist review soon. Be sure to check out the Booklist Reader posts for this year’s longlist and shortlist.

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