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I liked the book ok, but the reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because, to me, it was confusing when the author did several flashbacks. The flashbacks came without warning, and I had to decipher if I was reading about the present, or the past. Also, I thought that some of the other characters in the book wasn't necessary to the plot; for example, the guy Calder meet in the bar who wanted his help to seduce two coeds. I just didn't get why they were relevant to the story.
I did like the fact that the book centered on breastfeeding, but the twist was that a male was the one who was doing it (breastfeeding was my choice for a capstone proposal in my Masters Degree program). That was refreshing and different.
There is also a wonderful story about this man's relationship with his own father.
I liked this book immensely. It made me laugh at times and almost made me cry at times. The main character is complex, with his own dreams and hopes and faults. He feels things deeply. He wants to be a good husband, father, and provider and is successful for the most part. It all depends on your definition of "successful", which is also something the book asks. Is a person successful only as measured by society or only as measured by himself, or some combination thereof?
I would have rated this story five stars, except for two things: 1. There is confusion between the multiple time frames used in the book. This may be on purpose, but it didn't work for me. I like non-linear stories as long as I know where the story is at as I'm reading it. There were a couple times I was lost. 2. There are a lot of grammar issues and incorrect uses of words (woman vs. women; than vs. then; etc.). These were numerous and distracting.
I do highly recommend this book. It is a beautiful story.
Milkman is a very unique story. I have never heard of a lactating father, but I guess it is scientifically possible. However, this is not why I liked this book. It is about so much more than that, the main character's lactation is a conduit to a much more fulfilling story about love and forgiveness. I don't want to give anything away, but there are some very unique characters, and situations that arise as a result of the main character's condition. The more absurd parts of the story worked for me and didn't detract from what is at its core a family drama. Calder wants to repair his rocky marriage and be a better man, and is not perfect. Ultimately the novel shows that we are all flawed. There are also some beautiful snow scenes set in the never-ending winter that are fantastic imagery. I highly recommend this novel, and look forward to seeing more from this author.