Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena, translated by by Margita Gailitis

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Longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019
Shortlisted for the EBRD Literature Prize 2019

The literary bestseller that took the Baltics by storm, now published in English for the first time.

This novel considers the effects of Soviet rule on a single individual. The central character in the story tries to follow her calling as a doctor, but then the state steps in. She is deprived first of her professional future, then of her identity and finally of her relationship with her daughter. Banished to a village in the Latvian countryside, her sense of isolation increases. Will she and her daughter be able to return to Riga when political change begins to stir?