‘Hot Milk’ by Deborah Levy

Hot Milk book coverThis Man Booker Prize short-listed novel, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy [London: Hamish Hamilton, 2016] explores the ways in which its narrator, mid-twenties Sofia Irina, resolves, and also fails to resolve, several of her hang-ups. Her Greek father deserted her English mother for a Greek girl little older than Sofia and she has not seen her father for over a decade. Her abandoned mother has developed inexplicable symptoms and is unable to walk. She and Sofia have come to a swanky but possibly dubious clinic in Almería, on the southern coast of Spain. Sofia, a doctoral student in anthropology, finds her life narrowed into being solely her mother’s carer but is herself too dependent on her mother whose symptoms seem increasingly psychosomatic. Read more ...