Elise works as a bookseller and poetry buyer at the shop. She participates in an array of book-centered activities in Olympia, including coordinating the Modern Poetry Book Club at Browsers. Her current favorite authors include George Oppen, Clarice Lispector, Cesar Aira, Hilda Doolittle and, Anne Carson. You can find her taking winding walks around her neighborhood, or at a coffee shop buried beneath a short stack of books and journals.
Given the chance, Milkman will become your world. Classify it as an unconventional historical novel about The Troubles in Northern Ireland. A tightly woven community is tenuously held together by oblique conflict and social codes. This novel is centered around "Middle Sister" who is not alone in lacking a proper name: only referents are used. I am still amazed at how much Anna Burns was able to eloquently pull off: there is the lack of names,and then the extreme intimacy, the heavy weight vocabulary, the frenetic pacing, and everything else. Engrossing, difficult and so so wonderful.