Anna Burns becomes first Northern Irish author to win Man Booker Prize.
Milkman is set in an unnamed city during The Troubles, the novel follows an 18-year-old girl as she navigates her way through the rumours and social pressures that come from living in a tight-knit community in conflicted times. The book was initially set to be published in the United States next fall, but Graywolf Press announced tonight that “Milkman” will be released on Dec. 11.
The book has been praised for resonating with the current #MeToo climate as the protagonist gets aggressively pursued by an older, more powerful male.
“I hope this novel will help people think about #MeToo,” head judge Kwame Anthony Appiah said of the winning book. “The novel is to be commended giving us a deep and subtle and challenging – intellectually and morally – picture of something that’s part of what the #MeToo discussion is about.”
The Booker prize, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is worth about $66,000. For the winner, it usually results in dramatically increased sales around the world, which will be welcome news to the lucky publisher. According to the Guardian, none of this year’s finalists has so far sold more than 6,000 copies in the U.K.