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IAC Book Club: MILKMAN by Anna Burns

  • Irish Arts Center 553 West 51st Street New York, NY, 10019 United States (map)

IAC Book Club is a casual gathering of literature enthusiasts that meets in our gallery for craic, snacks, and discussions about paperbacks. (Hardcovers, too.) Sometimes the authors even join—look out for our announcements when they do! Led by Rachael Gilkey, director of programming and education, the club is open to everyone, whether or not you’ve finished the book.


Winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize

“I haven’t stopped talking about Anna Burns’s astonishing Milkman. Like all great writing it invents its own context, becomes its own universe.”The Irish Times

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. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, 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.