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‘Milkman’ spotlights young woman growing up amid the Troubles

Anna Burns’ “Milkman” is a quirky book that surprises throughout. It takes place during the Troubles, the three-decade conflict in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. Neighbors were afraid of each other, and cities were divided with people lining up on either side of fundamental questions about who would rule their territory. Sound like America today?

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