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Hot Milk (Hardback)

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A richly mythic, colour-saturated tale of mothers and daughters from the Man Booker-short-listed author of Swimming Home. Today I dropped my laptop on the concrete floor. It was tucked under my arm and slid out of its black rubber sheath, landing screen-side down. The digital page shattered. Apparently there's a man in the next flyblown town who mends computers. He could send off for a new screen, which would take a month to arrive. Will I still be here in a month? My mother is sleeping under a mosquito net in the next room. Soon she will wake up and shout, 'Sofia, get me a glass of water', and I will get her water and it will be the wrong sort of water. And then after a while I will leave her and return to gaze at the shattered starfield of my screen. Two women arrive in a Spanish village - a dreamlike place caught between the desert and the ocean - seeking medical advice and salvation. One of the strangers suffers from a mysterious illness: spontaneous paralysis confines her to a wheelchair, her legs unusable. The other, her daughter Sofia, has spent years playing the reluctant detective in this mystery, struggling to understand her mother's illness. Surrounded by the oppressive desert heat and the mesmerising figures who move through it, Sofia waits while her mother undergoes the strange programme of treatments invented by Dr Gomez. Searching for a cure to a defiant and quite possibly imagined disease, ever more entangled in the seductive, mercurial games of those around her, Sofia finally comes to confront and reconcile the disparate fragments of her identity. Hot Milk is a labyrinth of violent desires, primal impulses, and surreally persuasive internal logic. Examining female rage and sexuality, Deborah Levy's dazzling new novel explores the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point. Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 24/03/2016 ISBN-13: 9780241146545  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Deborah Levy is a British playwright, novelist and poet. She is the author of six novels, Beautiful Mutants (1986); Swallowing Geography (1993); The Unloved (1994); Billy & Girl (1996), Swimming Home (2011), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize 2012 as well as the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize. Deborah is also the author of a collection of short stories, Black Vodka (2013), which was shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC. Her latest novel, Hot Milk, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize 2016 and is published with Hamish Hamilton.

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Enjoyable novel that isn't deep but draws you in with its storytelling. I finished it in one sitting.

- 08/06/2016
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Deborah Levy has the gift of drawing us into an innocently simple tale of mother and daughter and their past while simultaneously plunging us into a Mediterranean background of colour and passions. This is a quirky, readable, very funny story that would be a brilliant holiday read.

- 25/04/2016
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This luminous novel is dense with the heat of an Andalusian summer and heavy with the threat of medusas lurking beneath the surface of the cool Mediterranean. Hot Milk charts the shifts and tangles of human relationships as identities blur and tensions build to breaking point. Erotic, disturbing and utterly compelling.

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