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Milkman
Milkman | Anna Burns
Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time. - Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies 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 the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
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suzisteffen
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Stayed up all night (jet lag, brain trying to process German, etc.) reading this utterly harrowing account of growing up Catholic in Belfast during The Troubles with a mother obsessed with marriage and two different, entitled stalkers, one of whom is big in the IRA. There‘s so much here about everything from first partner to the dangers of being thought odd to losing friends and entire families to The Troubles to weird female solidarity against ⬇️

suzisteffen men in women‘s bathrooms to what weird “ordinary murder” does to a community that is filled with political murders ... there‘s so much here. The sunset, cooking being for women, the sky being only one color (the Catholic color if you‘re on that side), etc. So much. I long to discuss this with my fierce brilliant friend who told me to read it, but she was, as I said, killed in a resurgence of the Troubles in Derry two months ago. So ⬇️ 3h
suzisteffen for everyone colonized and harmed in all ways by colonizers, from the English to random IRA men thinking they own women to the Catholic Church to people who can‘t stand another person‘s intelligence, this book is more than a “#MeToo book for The Troubles” as it‘s been called. It‘s for us all to see our colonized thoughts & the ways we might not SEE other people, & get free in whatever ways we can. 3h
suzisteffen & to colonized Irish and Welsh & Scots people coming to the US & becoming the colonizers of everything about Native life & land ... anyway, there‘s a lot here. I know the style will be hard on many people, but I enjoy stream of consciousness, and I think this book replicates the constant double or triple consciousness that comes with being a target, and so I appreciated it while loathing the mother and the men (not maybe-boyfriend). 3h
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suzisteffen I do think it‘s a bit homophobic despite the author trying to make it not so, and that‘s an issue, & god do I want to talk to Lyra about that. 😧💔❤️ 2h
TrishB Thought provoking review, so sorry to hear about your friend. 2h
Crazeedi @suzisteffen you honor your friend, so very sorry to hear of your loss. I dont understand the hatred but then again maybe i do. We live in a fallen world. Sending a big hug to you 😘 2h
cariashley This is high on my to read list. I‘m so sorry about your friend, how awful. ❤️ 2h
BarbaraBB So sorry to hear about Lyra. This must have been a hard read for you and even harder that you can‘t discuss it with her. 💔 2h
suzisteffen @TrishB @Crazeedi @cariashley Thanks. She was extraordinary; she got mourned by many in the world. So now I hope some others from Belfast or NI in general have more to say about this book, which truly was an intense experience. I wonder how the translations are (I‘m in Germany with friends thinking about how these passages on Names would be translated). 2h
suzisteffen @BarbaraBB ^^ thanks. I think that + jet lag is why I stayed up all night. 2h
marleed Such beautiful words. I can feel your love for Lyra. This book is on my TBR but ill move it way above my stack now. 1h
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suzisteffen
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Reading between the lines, therefore, of maybe-boyfriend‘s neighbor‘s comment - what was maybe-boyfriend doing, he implied, not only partaking in a raffle to win any bit - flag or no flag - of such a patriotic, nation-defining, “over the water” symbol at all? Historical injustice, he said. Repressive legislation, he said. Propping up of corruption, he said. Arrest without charge, he said. Declarations of curfews, he said. ...

suzisteffen Imprisonment without trial, he said. Proscription of meetings, he said. Prohibition of inquests, he said. Institutionalised violation of sovereignty and territory, he said.” 15h
suzisteffen This book is, so far, incredible. 15h
Theaelizabet Isn‘t it? 15h
TheEllieMo Second post I‘ve seen today about this book! I actually really did not like this book when I was reading it. I don‘t like the style at all, and found the MC irritating, yet the story has stayed with me much more than I expected. Possibly the first book I‘ve ever not liked reading, but like having read, if that makes any sense at all! 15h
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Suet624
Milkman | Anna Burns
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1. I read Gone With the Wind faster than I read this one.
2. I‘m really glad I read Say Nothing before I read this one. I had a deeper understanding of the nuances of the location and the people she spoke of.
3. I was claustrophobic and anxious while reading much of the book.
4. I loved the main character.
5. I think I‘ll try listening to the audio just for the fun of it.
6. I like the book more after finishing it than while I was reading it.

Theaelizabet Great thoughts! 18h
Niso The audiobook is a wonderful experience. I wholeheartedly recommend it 18h
Izai.Amorim I liked the itemized review! 18h
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TheEllieMo I really did not like this one when I was actually reading it, but it has stayed with me more than most novels 18h
Suet624 @TheEllieMo Yes, I imagine the same thing will happen with me. It‘s immersive and atmospheric. 18h
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim Haha. Thanks! It seemed like the only way to say all of that. 18h
Suet624 @Theaelizabet Thank you. 😀 18h
Suet624 @Niso That‘s what I keep hearing. I look forward to it. 18h
BkClubCare #1-6: me, too! Tho, #2: I read Say Nothing after reading Milkman, and #5: DO! The audiobook is terrific and went fast. (Listened after I finished Say Nothing.) 16h
Suet624 @BkClubCare what did you think of Say Nothing? 16h
Hooked_on_books Nice review. I couldn‘t get past page 20 of this one, I‘m afraid. 16h
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books I completely understand why. 15h
Readerann This was a strange one. I THINK I liked it. 🤔 15h
Suet624 @Readerann I kept thinking the same thing while I was reading it. I definitely wouldn‘t hand it out to all my friends but I enjoyed it once I was finished with it. 😁 15h
Rachel_nyc Having heard so many good things about the audiobook, I went on my library waitlist after reading the print version. I think it should be available in the next couple of weeks and I can‘t wait to re-enter that world in a different way. 14h
batsy No 6... I like that. Some books certainly are likeable more when reflected upon than during the actual reading. It's an interesting point! 11h
Suet624 @batsy 😁 that‘s why I rarely bail on books. Often I have a different reaction once I complete it. 10h
batsy Re: bailing, me too :) 10h
BkClubCare @Suet624 - I was fascinated by Say Nothing but Milkman enhances the history with emotion and depth. 3h
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Heideschrampf
Milkman | Anna Burns
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I've been busy all week volunteering for my local community music festival, which is happening TOMORROW. Now on my way back in the gorgeous sunset, listening to the irish ramblings in MILKMAN and drifting off. Tomorrow will be a loooong long day. But it's worth the tired feet: we've been doing this for 27 years as a non-profit and have grown to about 10.000 visitors the day of! This year proceeds will support an anti-racism educator. Yeah! 💪

marleed Oh have fun and good luck with the festival. This book will drop to me in audio format soon! 3d
DivineDiana Cheers to you for your hard work! Sounds like a wonderful event! 3d
Hoopiefoot Sounds like a great event. Hope all goes well tomorrow! 3d
Suet624 What a great event! 3d
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Well-ReadNeck
Milkman | Anna Burns
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I loved this book so hard. I‘m not sure that I would have liked it as much in print. But I ADORED the audiobook and the narration caught the cadence of the language perfectly. Highly recommended on audiobook!!! #audiobook

Theaelizabet Agreed. I read and listened, back and forth, enjoying both. My book of the year, so far. 3d
ferskner Oooo good to know! I hadn't heard good things (despite the Booker) so I was afraid to try it. 3d
Cathythoughts Excellent on Audible 👍🏻♥️ 3d
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GatheringBooks
Milkman | Anna Burns
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#AlphabetBookishQuiz - I enjoyed playing this. All books are deliberately selected to fit our #WomenReadWomen2019 Reading Theme, while matching the first letter of my name: M.

Head over to @RealLifeReading to get your own blank template to play!

RealLifeReading Oh great choices! Thanks for playing! 1w
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kjtest2
Milkman | Anna Burns
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When it's a rainy day in Ireland and your host gave you run of her library...

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suzisteffen
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Have owned this book since it came out but, again, haven‘t been able to get to it until now. My sweet buddy Lyra, who was murdered in Northern Ireland, was a good friend of the author‘s and wanted me to do all I could to ensure that the book sold in “America,” as she called it. I know many of you have read it already, & I‘m looking forward to it, though I know it‘s supposed to be devastating.

Samplergal I loved it. Hang in there. It‘s not always easy with her stream of consciousness writing. 2w
Theaelizabet I am so, so sorry to hear of your friend. This book is my number one fiction read this year and I‘m not sure that anything will top it. 2w
xicanti I‘m so sorry about your friend. What a terrible thing. 2w
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suzisteffen @Theaelizabet @xicanti thanks - her death was very well publicized and that was both weird and beautiful. But it means reading the book will be so intense. 2w
suzisteffen @Theaelizabet thanks - yes, THAT wee fierce Lyra. It‘s so sad for the world, really. Lyra was so proud of the author for this book! I do look forward to it. 2w
suzisteffen @Samplergal I think Virginia Woolf and Joyce have aaccustomed to me to stream of consciousness, but we will find out! 2w
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Suet624
Milkman | Anna Burns
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This book is difficult to stay focused on when you‘re in an airport and have been traveling since 4:30 am. Dense and rich, but best read in a quiet place when you‘ve had a good night‘s sleep. 😁😴

AmyG Are you travelling for a wedding? 2w
Suet624 @AmyG I am! Looking forward to a week of partying with 150 of my favorite folks. 😁 2w
AmyG An introverts dream 🤣 2w
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AmyG Sending you a big hug and congratulations! 😘😘😘 2w
Tanisha_A Yes, this book demands a relaxed body and mind. Have fun on your trip! 2w
Theaelizabet This book does demand a lot, but is so worth it. Enjoy! 2w
JennyM Safe travels 2w
readordierachel Hope you're able to get some rest and enjoy it properly. Have a good trip! 2w
Suet624 @JennyM thanks so much! 2w
Suet624 @readordierachel thanks! My son is getting married so We‘ll see how the reading goes. 2w
Suet624 @Theaelizabet I‘m really enjoying it. I‘m also really glad I read Say Nothing first. I would have missed some of the references. 2w
readordierachel How fun! Congratulations to him! 2w
Suet624 @Tanisha_A thank you so much. 2w
Suet624 @AmyG thanks for your help on the dress! 😁 2w
AmyG You will have to send me pictures when you get back home. Enjoy. It will be wonderful! 2w
Reggie Have fun, Sue!!! 2w
Suet624 @Reggie I thought I replied to you! Thank you. I feel as if I have been to heaven and just crash landed back on earth. I want to be on permanent vacation and hang with family and friends in the love fest I just experienced. 5d
Reggie We joked about about pot brownies and glazed over eyes, we were cool, lol. I‘m glad you had a good time!!! 5d
Suet624 @Reggie oh right! Why don‘t I see that on this thread?? 5d
Reggie It was on a different thread I think. I think it was on a TrishB post. 5d
Suet624 @Reggie holy crap! What a memory you have!!! You‘re right. 5d
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laurenslibrary
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Today's US #audible deal! 🎧

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auntie_jenn
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Bailedbailed

bailed around the four hour mark. the narrator was great, but the story, told in stream of consciousness, had a lot of beautiful words, but not enough plot.

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BiblioLitten
Milkman | Anna Burns
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I need sunshine. 💛☀️🌻☀️💛

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Megabooks I wish I could send you some. It‘s sunny here! 3w
BiblioLitten @Megabooks That‘d be great! 🤗☀️ 3w
CouronneDhiver Right?! It‘s been a very rainy spring! 3w
RaimeyGallant It was cloudy in Winnipeg today, too. 3w
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InaAndBooks
Milkman | Anna Burns
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A dense but rewarding read. The narrative is original, the narrator often amusing and very, very clever, though in emotional pain. Tells the story of a young girl growing up in an unnamed city in (we assume) Northern Ireland at the height of its political troubles. She escapes by burying herself in lit classics, but her quiet existence is soon broken when "Milkman", a middle-aged, feared "renouncer of the state", sets his sights on her.

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LWagoner
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This novel is a stream of consciousness. Very interesting novel from a writing style perspective as well as from the themes it deals with. Told from the perspective of Middle Sister the reader gets a first look into this young woman‘s life in a violent Ireland and how her life and relationships move thru the turmoil. Very very long chapters made this a slow read for me, but it is brilliantly written.

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RaimeyGallant
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Fave read of the year so far. Just when you think no one could ever find a new way to tell a story, a story like this comes along, and you get addicted to the rhythm of it, and then it's over, and you wish it had twice the number of pages it did. About a young woman being preyed upon by a "renouncer" during the Irish Troubles, and holy cow is it enlightening.

Suet624 I bought this book at Christmas and it sits on my bedside table. I so want to start reading it. And yet I keep being enticed by library books and bookclubs and I just can't seem to get to it. Gah!! First world problem, for sure. I'm so glad to hear how much you liked it. 1mo
RaimeyGallant @Suet624 Drop everything and read this book. It's that good. :) 1mo
Theaelizabet I‘ll be shocked if this isn‘t my number one book for the year. At the end I had a hard time giving up the narrator. 1mo
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RaimeyGallant @Theaelizabet Yaaaaasssss! 1mo
LeahBergen I really need to read this! 👍🏻 1mo
batsy @Suet624 Let's do it! I have it now and I'm dragging my feet as well. Maybe we can nag at each other? 😂 1mo
batsy Great review 👍🏽 1mo
Suet624 @batsy yes! Let‘s! One of my sons is getting married in a few weeks in Colorado and I‘m trying to decide whether to bring it with me for the weeklong event. 1mo
BiblioLitten I love this pic! 3w
RaimeyGallant @BiblioLitten Why thank you. I used all my muscles. :) 3w
Suet624 @batsy darn it! I knew we had talked about reading this book but I couldn‘t find the convo! Just wanted you to know I‘ve started reading this. Felt right to read it after reading Say Nothing. 2w
batsy @Suet624 That's great. Most likely I'll read it soon; definitely this month, I hope! 2w
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nomierosie
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Burns' descriptions of male control had a huge emotional impact on me and resonated deeply. I've never heard or read such an accurate description of the subtle ways women can be made to feel vulnerable by predatory men. It's a difficult read stylistically and takes some perseverance to begin with but is well worth the effort #AnnaBurns #Milkman #patriarchy #ireland #troubles #violence #control

BiblioLitten Great review. Also, I should persevere and not give up reading it. 🙂 3w
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rmaclean4
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This book demanded patience. I took it slow and enjoyed the writing...but at times did get frustrated with the stream of consciousness. Well worth the effort in the end. Fascinating commentary about the sexual oppression and repression.

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HardcoverHearts
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Just posted my in depth review to BookTube last night- https://youtu.be/AlA0YY4voSw

LeahBergen Can‘t wait! 👍🏻 1mo
Suet624 Your review was fantastic. 3d
HardcoverHearts @Suet624 Oh my! Thank you so much!! I appreciate the comment very much. 🥰 2d
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HardcoverHearts
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The form of the book has many detractors for authorial choices of not having people‘s names, & by a stream of consciousness flow of the narrator(Middle Daughter). I have flipped between the audio and written book as I am under a time crunch. The experience is different. I like the audio- the Irish brogue helps with some of the language. And, what language! I‘ll not say anything more so I can share it with my book club first.

SamAnne This is in my short stack. 1mo
bedandabook I listened to this on audio and ended up really invested in it and enjoying it. It‘s stayed in my memory too, which is always a sign of a good book for me. 1mo
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batsy
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Was at the bookstore "just to browse" and my devious #redrighthand picked up some books ?? Sorry for the terrible interpretation of the prompt! In my defence, Midsummer is for the #ShakespeareReadAlong @merelybookish and My Antonia is in anticipation of a future #catherbuddyread ? @Graywacke Unfortunately the store didn't have The Song of the Lark so hope my Book Depo order arrives soon.

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

batsy @GatheringBooks I guess this is how my book buying ban came to a close 🙈😂 1mo
GatheringBooks @batsy these are fab titles! well done! 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 books are the only things you buy that make you richer. 📚📚📚🧚🏼‍♀️ 1mo
batsy @GatheringBooks Thank you! Books certainly do ❤️❤️ 1mo
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Moray_Reads Loved Milkman, it's brilliant 1mo
batsy @Moray_Reads I'm happy to hear that! I've heard only good things. BTW it's lovely to see you back and I hope you've been well ❤️ 1mo
Tanisha_A Aha! Niceeee. I have got to buy Song of Lark, and My Antonia as well. 1mo
Cathythoughts I loved My Antonia ♥️& Milkman.. I don‘t know about that Shakespeare guy 😂 (edited) 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Cather spree! 😍 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts 2/3 Cathy approved... A good book haul day indeed 😁💜 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts He's been known to get an occasional thumbs down 😂 1mo
Graywacke I enjoyed Milkman! Song of the Lark should be on Project Gutenberg. Also it‘s $1 on Amazon (in case book depository doesn‘t make it) 1mo
saresmoore Bahaha! I love it! 1mo
batsy @Graywacke Milkman seems to be getting a lot of praise on Litsy :) Thanks, yes; I'm going to be reading the Gutenberg ebook while I wait for my copy to arrive (I'd like to have the physical copies for my collection; Cather's prose is lovely!) 1mo
rohit-sawant Love this use of the prompt! 🤣 Fitting and relatable. I'd stacked this one a while back. #SoManyBooks... 1mo
Theaelizabet I also have to chime in on Milkman! Likely to be my favorite book of the year. 1mo
batsy @rohit-sawant I hear ya! 😭 #solittletime 1mo
batsy @Theaelizabet High praise indeed! 🙌🏽 1mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Suet624 I'm glad to see people like Milkman. I own it but have been putting off reading it because I was reading disparaging remarks somewhere - can't remember where! And you can't go wrong with Cather. 1mo
Reggie @Suet624 I think you‘d like Milkman, Sue. The writing took a good minute to get used to but once past that it really flows. (edited) 1mo
Suet624 @Reggie Thanks Reggie. I‘ll move it up the pile. 1mo
readordierachel I see nothing wrong with what happened here 😁 Good work! 1mo
batsy @Suet624 Outside of Litsy I've seen some of those! I'm mostly nervous about the style of it. I hope I like it but it also feels like a book I shouldn't read in fits and starts so I want to make some time for it :) 1mo
Suet624 @batsy I hear you. I‘m fairly monogamous as far as reading books goes. I think you‘re right that reading Milkman amidst other books might be tricky. 1mo
BiblioLitten Did you start reading The Milkman? I‘m enjoying it but I feel I shouldn‘t have picked it up this month. Right novel at the wrong time. 😒 3w
batsy @BiblioLitten I haven't yet! I'm in the middle of a couple of a heavy reads and I know I would find it too much at this point; I'm at that point where I want to read mysteries and kids books now 😆 3w
Suet624 @Reggie I‘ve started reading Milkman and you‘re right. I‘m really enjoying it. 3w
Reggie @Suet624 Yay, I‘m so happy!!! 3w
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InaAndBooks
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Milkman is a dense, complex read but the narrative style is so original and at times, unexpectedly funny, that you're charmed enough to plough on ahead. This passage is a humorous example.

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AnneCecilie
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After seeing all the mixed reviews, I didn‘t know what the expect, but I LOVED this one. All about a community‘s expectation and how rumors can influence your life. We meet Middle Sister, 18 yrs and an avid reader. Her mother is on her about getting married before it‘s too late, then one day a rumor about Middle Sister and Milkman starts spreading in the community. The story shows the consequences of that.

AnneCecilie Winner of last year‘s Man Booker Prize and so far on the shortlist for this year‘s The Women‘s Prize for Fiction 1mo
Caroline2 I have this on my tbr shelf, sounds like I need to move it up the pile! 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
HardcoverHearts There is so much at play in this book. My book club just talked about it last night and we took double the time we normally do to discuss it. I absolutely adored it. Her attention to detail meant that these scenes are lodged in my brain. I can‘t possibly forget the Beyond-the-Pale, the Wee Sisters, the Bentley supercharger. And on and on. It just marvelous 1mo
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ElectricKatyLand
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This book was unsettling, clever, and really evocative. I didn‘t love it but I appreciated it. Told from the perspective of an 18 year old woman in The Troubles harassed by a paramilitary leader, gossiped about, and frustrated by the limits of community norms.

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BkClubCare
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I am rereading by listening my favorite #tob2019 #tob book. So GOOD. Loving this repeat experience enhanced. #companionread #SayNothing

RaimeyGallant My fave too. 7d
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shadowspeak17
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Kind of meh this month.

Total books read: 5
Ebooks: 4
Physical books: 1
Borrowed: 4
#booked2019: 3
#seriesread: 2

Average rating: 2.8 stars

#AprilStats #AprilWrapUp

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did good! 📖💖 2mo
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youneverarrived
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All bar one were women‘s prize reads for me this month. Tagged book & Ghost Wall were my favourites. #aprilwrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads! 📖💖 2mo
RachelO That looks like a great reading month! 2mo
rmaclean4 I loved Ghost Wall!! Just starting Milkman. 2mo
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batsy Very impressive 👏🏽👏🏽 2mo
LeahBergen Great month! 👍🏻 2mo
Megabooks I‘m glad to see good thoughts on Milkman! I keep forgetting to get on the list at the library! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a great month! 💫 2mo
youneverarrived @rmaclean4 Ghost Wall was brilliant. Still thinking about it. 2mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks It seems to be a book that divides opinion. I absolutely loved it. 2mo
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youneverarrived
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So disappointed Freshwater didn‘t make it to the shortlist 😒

Milkman is my winner from these but I liked all three of the bottom books. I‘m surprised Ordinary People made it. Would have liked to have seen Ghost Wall & Normal People in there too. #womensprize

batsy Those are the three books I wanted to see on the shortlist, as well... 2mo
Theaelizabet Really surprised about Ghost Wall. Of the six, I‘ve read only Milkman and My Sister..., really liked them both (LOVED Milkman). Now reading Lost Children Archive, which, of course, didn‘t make the shortlist. 2mo
Tamra I really want to get to the Barker novel. 2mo
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youneverarrived @batsy good taste 😉 it‘s a shame they didn‘t make it. Not the shortlist I was expecting. 2mo
youneverarrived @Theaelizabet me too, I think it should have been shortlisted. LCA started off really good for me but then it felt like it was trying to do too much. 2mo
youneverarrived @Tamra it‘s a good one! Lots better than Circe imo. 2mo
Cathythoughts I loved Milkman too 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
batsy 😁 I have Circe and hope to get to it; I'm looking forward to Silence of the Girls and Milkman. But not especially keen on both the marriage books 😅🤷🏽‍♀️ 2mo
andrew61 I agee about freshwater, that now means ive only read 2 of shortlist - unless one of the others jumps out at me i will plump for milkman. 2mo
saresmoore This shortlist is sort of baffling to me. 🧐 @batsy I can safely say that American Marriage is one to skip. It‘s a quick read, but not remarkable in any way. 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts it‘s brilliant 👌 2mo
youneverarrived @batsy I look forward to seeing what you think. Milkman seems to be a love/hate type of book. You wouldn‘t be missing out 😆 I wasn‘t a big fan of either. 2mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 it should have made it 😕 which other one have you read? 2mo
youneverarrived @saresmoore I know, me too. My first reaction was 🙎‍♀️. It‘s a bit too samey. Agree about An American Marriage. 2mo
batsy @saresmoore @youneverarrived Thanks friends; life is short and the books are many. I'll be skipping that one 😉 2mo
andrew61 @youneverarrived i read 'my sister.... ' - i enjoyed it but don't think it should win. Have put reserves on some others at the library but im probably well down the waiting list. Still prize lists do allow me to explore different writers ☺ 2mo
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Lindy
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The shortlist for the Women‘s Prize has been announced. It would be cool to see Anna Burns score a double win with Milkman (counting the Booker). I‘d be happy to see Circe win too. What‘s your favourite?

Kimberlone I‘ve only read Circe so far, but feel like it would definitely be deserving! 2mo
merelybookish I'll always root for Milkman! 2mo
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batsy Wow, that was unexpected. Haven't read the entire longlist but I was hoping for Normal People and Freshwater to be included. Out of the shortlist I've only read My Sister, the Serial Killer. 2mo
Lindy @merelybookish 😁👍 2mo
Lindy @batsy I would have liked to see Freshwater on this list too. I‘m looking forward to reading My Sister the Serial Killer in May. I will probably read Diana Evans‘ too, because I really enjoyed her 26a. There‘s a long waiting list at the library for Normal People: after 2 months, I‘m still 80th in line—it‘s popular! 2mo
batsy I really enjoyed My Sister. Look forward to your thoughts! And oof, that is a long wait for Normal People. Thankfully there is plenty to read in the meantime 😁 2mo
Lindy @batsy Yes, no shortage of reading material at my house. 😁 2mo
merelybookish @Lindy @batsy I'm also surprised that Normal People didn't make the cut. Her writing! I love it almost as much as I love Milkman! (And it's much better than Circe imo. 😉) 2mo
Lindy @merelybookish I haven‘t read anything by Sally Rooney yet but Conversations with Friends has been chosen for one of my book clubs this summer. 2mo
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Immersing myself in the Troubles of Northern Ireland for a while longer. In this quote the narrator is talking about how she had no vocabulary to describe her unease when the Milkman, a 41-year-old man, suddenly begins stalking her. I‘m glad I‘m listening to this via audiobook after reading a few reviews that quote its rather .. ornate sentence structure.

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AnneCecilie
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‘Okay, everyone,‘ she said. ‘You need to look at the sky. You need, right now, to look at the sunset. Magnificent!‘
(...)
This time she proceeded to point through various panes at sections of the sky that were not blue but instead lilac, purple, patches of pink - differing pinks- with one patch of green that had yellow gold extending along it.

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AnneCecilie
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The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.

(Now that‘s a great first sentence)

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nelehelen
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And here are the goodies I picked up today. 😃 I couldn‘t resist that tote bag! 😍

#indepedentbookstoreday

TheBookHippie Me either!!!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie That is a favorite poem book of mine!! 2mo
nelehelen @TheBookHippie it‘s been on my “must buy and read” list for awhile, so perfect timing!! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That tote is fab! 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I totally get why there are mixed reviews for this book. It is a challenge to read, requiring a lot of concentration. I had to really pace myself with it to avoid getting overwhelmed. But in spite of this, I really enjoyed it.

#booked2019 #irishauthor #catsoflitsy #Ember

Cinfhen Yay!!! Another prompt completed 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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Next up.

After seeing all the reviews for this one, going in all directions, I can‘t wait to read it and make up my own.

I guess this will be my reading for #24B4Monday and #25infive

TheReadingMermaid 🤔🤔🤔 2mo
Andrew65 Looks an interesting book. Good luck with it. 😊 2mo
bedandabook I really enjoyed this one, although I listened to it which might have made it a bit easier. Hope you get on well with it! 2mo
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AnneCecilie So far so good, but I‘m only 20 p in @bedandabook @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid 2mo
Samplergal It takes a while to get the language and style. The last half is wonderful. 2mo
AnneCecilie @Samplergal then I have something to look forward to. 2mo
batsy I feel the same! Want to read it because I'm so curious, but also a bit nervous about diving in. 2mo
BiblioLitten Same! Want to read but not quite sure. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Hi @scripturient - it arrived this morning, and it looks brand shiny new - thank you 😊!

Really looking forward to getting back to reading this - on sensible-sized paper this time. (My last attempt involved a phone, and didn‘t go so well.)

See you next year 📚🎂🍷🎉 x

Cathythoughts I loved this one 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
scripturient Yay! Glad it got there safely. Funnily enough I only thought this morning that it should be getting there about now. Seems I was spot on. 😂 Enjoy! 2mo
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shadowspeak17
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I‘m so glad I got my holds under control before I started reading this. I‘m liking it, but it requires a lot of concentration. I probably would have had to return it if I‘d had another hold come in at the same time.

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nadine_swartz
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An INTENSE read/listen, but very well narrated.

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This book will have me thinking for a long time. Tribalism. Women‘s issues. Terrorism. What a book. It‘s not for everyone, and likely very polarizing. You‘ll love it or hate it. #ManBookerPrize2019 #mountTBR

And that sunset picture. It‘s from our campsite last night. Gorgeous. And no blue. 😉

RachelO What a beautiful photo! And nope, no blue. 2mo
thebluestocking Ha! The sky is blue!!! I really liked this book too. It was a big of a slog at times, but as a whole it‘s amazing. 2mo
Emilymdxn I adored this one! 2mo
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andrew61 Great photo montage, i loved this book and plan a reread but it sums it up well. 👍 2mo
CarolynM I was surprised by how much I liked this one. It requires some effort but it is so worth it. 2mo
Samplergal @CarolynM Those first 100 pages were tough, imho. The dialect AND stream of consciousness writing, but it all came together. My book club hated it, until we discussed. Many ended up understanding it and liking it more. But at least I brought it to their attention. 2mo
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Our sunset tonight @ Lake Louisa Florida. A perfect camping spot.

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Still processing this curious and complicated look into the Troubles of Belfast in the late 1970‘s... at the regular people living through it...well, at our 18-yr-old protagonist in 19th-century literary denial and her elder self as a narrator who does not use any names of anything ever... and how incapacitated she is when stalked by a prominent renouncer, identified simply as the milkman. A play on language and other things.

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This book for me stayed strange throughout but became something very special by the end. An 18yo girl living through what they call The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1970‘s finds herself the victim of stalking by someone called the Milkman, and also, the victim of unrelenting gossip by her community. Burns has a talent for the wonderfully kooky characters that make up a community and a strong sense of time and place. I really enjoyed it.

charl08 Amazing book: deserves all the prizes. 2mo
Reggie @charl08 I loved how everyone was not who they were presented to be at first. There was a depth I hadn‘t seen coming. 2mo
Abailliekaras Agree - I struggled at first but ended up loving it. And kept thinking about it afterwards. 👌🏼 2mo
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Tanisha_A Great review! I had a super time reading it! 2mo
Cathythoughts I loved the depth of it too 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts Love your review! This book takes you right down into their lives 2mo
Lindy Great review. I loved this. 👍 2mo
Graywacke I just finished this too, still processing. Strange throughout is a good summary. 2mo
Reggie @Abailliekaras me too. It took me at least a quarter to get comfortable. 2mo
Reggie @Tanisha_A @Lindy @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @Graywacke Thanks!! It reminded me a bit of Convenience Store Woman, like when everyone starts telling her she has become beyond the pale because she walks and reads at the same time. The wee sisters were my favorite because they just made me laugh, especially with their night time reading selections. 2mo
Lindy @Reggie Oh, the wee sisters! Yes! All of the humour lightened the darkness in this novel. 2mo
Graywacke @Reggie @Lindy on audio, “wee sisters” sounds like “we sisters”, so every time the reader said it, I had to correct it in my head. Somehow it made it more charming. 2mo
Lindy @Graywacke I listened to the audiobook also. I probably I had to correct we to wee in my head the first time I heard it, but I don‘t remember. I really enjoyed the narration. 2mo
Graywacke @Lindy i enjoyed the audio as well. Terrific reader. 2mo
Samplergal I‘m in the middle and love to pick your brain on this one. 2mo
Reggie @Samplergal please do, I‘m at work, but will respond as soon as I can. 2mo
Samplergal Is the maybe boyfriend different from the guy they are calling milkman? I read that he was two years older and got way confused. I‘m reading this faster than I should, for a book club on Thursday. Yikes. 2mo
Reggie Yes, he is. The maybe boyfriend is 2 yrs older than her and the Milkman is 20 years older than her and watch out because there is an actual milkman introduced in the middle. So there is the maybe bf, the Milkman (the stalker), and an actual milkman ( he is known as the guy who loves no one.) 2mo
Samplergal Thank you. Confusing. 2mo
GatheringBooks i really am looking forward to reading this one. i have it stacked and will most likely bring it when i go overseas next week! 2mo
Reggie @GatheringBooks this book and The Book of Night Women by Marlon James were the two books so far this year that made me feel like I was doing honest, reading, work that was rewarded with story. Usually I can knock out a book in a day or 2 but these took multiple days. 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so happy to have this waiting for me on my bedside table. 2mo
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This book totally has its hilarious moments. I‘m glad I stuck with this book. It took me a good quarter to get comfortable.

Theaelizabet The humor was so unexpected. This will likely be one of my top reads of the year and one that I will “place” on the rereads pile. 2mo
Reggie @Theaelizabet yeah, there were moments it caught me off guard. I loved how ma and the actual milkman were not who you thought they were. There were a lot of surprises in here. 2mo
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I think this is the strongest written novel I‘ve read this year. I felt like I was completely in the mindset of the narrator, and felt almost drained from the constant monitoring, paranoia, gossip etc. that is felt in the community. What a talent to be able to write a novel like this. Interesting and new (for me) setting & background, with a massively vivid sense of character. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Theaelizabet Couldn‘t agree more. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Loved it ♥️👍🏻 2mo
andrew61 Great review - it was definitely a highlight of my reading year in 2018 and its a book i would like to reread. 2mo
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readordierachel Whew. Ok, I need to read this soon with a review like that! 2mo
CarolynM Great review. It's quite a book! 2mo
Tanisha_A Super review! So riveting. 2mo
Caroline2 Ohhhh this just moved up my tbr pile! Thanks! 👍🏻 😀 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 2mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 thanks 😊 I can see myself re reading it in the future. 2mo
youneverarrived @readordierachel I think it‘s one of those books that‘s generally love or hate, so hope you like it! 2mo
youneverarrived @CarolynM thanks 😊 it is indeed! 2mo
youneverarrived @Tanisha_A thanks ♥️ 2mo
youneverarrived @Caroline2 hope you like it! 😘 2mo
Reggie Great review! 2mo
youneverarrived Thanks @Reggie 🖤 2mo
Pricel101 I‘ve read its love it or leave it so thanks for this great review! Stacked 😘📚 2mo
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Lol.

Mimi28 Yikes!! That‘s horrible!! Usually as long as I am happy with the guy, my mom is happy with the guy 🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️ She knows how sensitive I am so it works out okay most of the time, lol. I have this book on hold at the library but I am not so sure I want it now, lol 🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️❤️❤️ 2mo
wanderinglynn My mom would just be happy if I dated! 😂 2mo
Reggie @Mimi28 It‘s so worth the read but it took a lot of work. It took me a quarter to get comfortable with the style of writing. 2mo
Mimi28 Okay, I think it‘s in transit. I‘ll still check it out, thanks for the encouragement 👍🏽👍🏽 2mo
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Owlizabeth
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This week‘s #libraryhaul, though it will be a while before I get to either, I‘m excited for both.

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Chavelafab
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Just finished it. It will take time to leave this book. Not an easy read I confess but so rich in themes and so original in its use of language. I have become very attached to Middle Sister‘s stream of consciousness. I have never read anything like it. Well worth its prize. I am not sure what read should and can follow this one - might be « beyond the pale »

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Let‘s start with a positive - the narrator of this audiobook is perfect: Brid Brennan‘s accent and her delivery are spot on.

But....the story itself is dull, dull, dull. I listened to 14 hours of words, words, and more words that told me absolutely nothing. This book has a niche writing style that may be loved by some, but not by me. I‘m heading off for an Audible refund.

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I have a confession to make:

Yesterday at the library, someone “returned” their school lunch milk in our book drop. It was still cold, & the cap was still sealed, & the date hadn‘t passed, & I *needed* milk for my coffee, so... I used it.

#notdeadyet #therearetwotypesofpeople

Sharpeipup Waste not, want not. 2mo
Lcsmcat 🤷🏻‍♀️ you needed milk. I get it. 2mo
monalyisha @Lcsmcat It seemed like...the universe provideth. 2mo
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8little_paws Why on earth would they put milk in a book drop is my question. 2mo
cobwebmoth This just makes me like you more. 2mo
monalyisha @8little_paws People think it‘s a trash receptacle. A very pretty, wooden, strangely-shaped trash receptacle — with a clearly-worded, colorful sign, calling it a “Book Return.” It‘s obviously very confusing. (edited) 2mo
xicanti This is the only logical response to free milk. 2mo
WhatWouldJaneDo Waste not, want not! 2mo
monalyisha @cobwebmoth Thanks! 😂😂😂 2mo
lahousewyfe My wife just said, "That's God's little way of saying, 'I love librarians.'" ?❤ 2mo
monalyisha @lahousewyfe S/he has the strangest ways of communicating! Burning bushes, angelic messengers from on high, abandoned/questionable milk cartons... like, learn to text, God! 😆 2mo
lahousewyfe @monalyisha Yes!!!! 😂😂😂 2mo
Billypar Lol- I read this too quickly the first time and missed the phrases 'still sealed' and 'still cold' 😆 2mo
monalyisha @Billypar It was an educated risk. 🙈 2mo
Johanna414 I‘ve definitely done that before... although in my defense, it‘s just my kids who have homeroom in the library so I know the milk/juice or whatever just came from the school cafeteria so it‘s not much of a risk 2mo
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