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  • Published: 24 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241968024
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

Hot Milk




From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Swimming Home, a novel about psychosomatic illness, female identity and the stubborn bond between mother and daughter

Two strangers arrive in a small Spanish fishing village. The older woman is suffering from mysterious paralysis, driven to seek a cure beyond the bounds of conventional medicine. 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, searching for a cure to a defiant and quite possibly imagined disease, Sofia is forced to confront her difficult relationship with her mother. Examining female rage and sexuality, Deborah Levy explores the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point.

  • Published: 24 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241968024
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the author

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of numerous books, including the essay 'Things I Don't Want to Know'and the early novels Swallowing Geography and Beautiful Mutants. Her novel Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards and 2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.

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Praise for Hot Milk

Unsettling, challenging and gloriously written, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy is the multi-generational story of a hallucinatory sort of summer

Juliet Nicolson, Evening Standard

Leaves the reader enraptured and unnerved

Jackie Annesley, Evening Standard

A smart, seductive and utterly beguiling read

Mail on Sunday

An extraordinary novel, beautifully rich, vividly atmospheric and psychologically complex. Every woman should read it

Bernardine Evaristo, author of MR LOVERMAN

Elegant and deeply strange [and] hummingly funny throughout

Spectator

Publisher's description. Shortlisted for the Man Booker and Goldsmiths prizes, a hypnotic tale of female sexuality and power under the scorching midday sun. Sofia and her mother arrive on the Spanish coast looking for answers - what they find there will be strange, seductive and fearsome beyond their wildest dreams.

Penguin

So mesmerising that reading it is to be under a spell...Sex suffuses the novel, with pleasure frequently crossing into pain

Independent on Sunday

Vibrant...an intense, sun-drenched story. The prose veers dizzily between the poetic and the convoluted, spreading a hallucinatory patina of weirdness over everything. This is a writer for whom ordinary language just will not do.

The Times

What makes the book so good is Ms. Levy's great imagination, the poetry of her language [and] moving gracefully among pathos, danger and humor

New York Times

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