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Deborah Levy: Hot Milk

In a final attempt to cure her mother of her apparent, undiagnosed illness, Sophia moves to Almeria to enlist the help of Doctor Gomez. Once there she learns as much about her mother as about herself. An anthropology student, Sophia turns the small cast of characters into a study. The novel is plagued with searing heat, the wrong type of water, and the spectre of medusas lurking in the waves.

Author: Deborah Levy51SJS3RzzjL._SX309_BO1,204,203,200_

Title: Hot Milk


Rating: 4

This really never got off the ground for me. It was Booker nominated though so I’m sure I just didn’t fully “get” it. I found the writing oddly stilted and repetitive, and I found the central character difficult to understand. The whole book was pretty disjointed and although I enjoyed the way that some of the mother-daughter abuse/love thing was described I generally found both women to be pretty insufferable, but maybe that was the point…


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