Hot Milk

Hot Milk

Book - 2016
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"Sofia, a young anthropologist, has spent much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother's unexplainable illness. She is frustrated with Rose and her constant complaints, but utterly relieved to be called to abandon her own disappointing fledgling adult life. She and her mother travel to the searing, arid coast of southern Spain to see a famous consultant--their very last chance--in the hope that he might cure her unpredictable limb paralysis. But Dr. Gomez has strange methods that seem to have little to do with physical medicine, and as the treatment progresses, Sofia's mother's illness becomes increasingly baffling. Sofia's role as detective--tracking her mother's symptoms in an attempt to find the secret motivation for her pain--deepens as she discovers her own desires in this transient desert community. Hot Milk is a profound exploration of the sting of sexuality, of unspoken female rage, of myth and modernity, the lure of hypochondria and big pharma, and, above all, the value of experimenting with life; of being curious, bewildered, and vitally alive to the world."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781620406694
Branch Call Number: LEV
Characteristics: 217 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 19, 2018

Deborah Levy is genius writer of memoir, as exemplified by "The Cost of Living" and "Things I Don't Want to Know" and an award winning success in her plays to screenplays, as well. This is the first fiction book I've read for years, and the only reason is that I ran out of non-fiction from this author and, like chocolate, I could not stop.

So yes, it's full of the strange brilliance and cool, complicated narrative that I could not get enough of in her memoirs. But no, it's still fiction and I just can't stand when themes run through novels like commercials through a good podcast, repeating and hammering in the concepts until you want to just say STOP. I am the perfect audience for these themes, too, as I enjoy stories about mothers and daughters, strange journeys, estranged fathers, and, most importantly, standing in the crossroads of your future, not taking a step in any direction, being directionless and frozen and yet full of intensity and longing and hope and anger.

I also was kind of grossed out by the amount of breast commentary, but it is titled, "Hot Milk" so what was I expecting?

Dec 15, 2017

A fever-dream of a story: strange, sometimes funny and sometimes lovely, often sad. 4.5 stars.

Aug 19, 2017

You know that contest that Lay`s potato chips does every year- Do Us A Flavor? That's what I was reminded of while reading this book. The first year Lay`s held the contest in Canada(back in 2013), Tyler LeFrense of Isle Aux Morts, Newfoundland won with his suggestion of Maple Moose chips. His competition: Perogy Platter from Alberta, Creamy Garlic Ceasar from B.C., and Grilled Cheese & Ketchup from Ontario. I sampled each and every flavour. Maple Moose was the most distinctive. Each bite evoked the same response from me. Hmmm... these are strange.... but I can`t stop tasting them. I never could decide if they were good or so awful that my tastebuds were so confounded that I continued to be compelled to eat my way through the whole bag. I never bought a second bag.

This book was the same: bizarre and intriguing but leaving an odd taste in my mouth. I never did decide if I liked it or hated it but I know I won`t ever read it again.

As an aside, Maple Moose chips were discontinued less than a year after their release for poor sales. Go figure.

May 14, 2017

This book on the short list for the 2016 Man Booker Prize isn’t my cup of tea. I found the characters absurd and frustrating.

Feb 11, 2017

Wow. Just WOW. What a book! I enjoyed every bit of it. So clever, so quirky, so unpredictable. Enjoyed every dialogue, and every thought, and every relationship. This book makes you think and analyze lots of things while being simply breathtaking.

Dec 04, 2016

Disappointing and I just just flipped through the book trying to find the story as well as the poetic view of the life of the main character. No climax, no lessons learned. Would not recommend.

Nov 27, 2016

This was a bit disjointed and dreamy at times but I was pulled in by the thoughts of the young woman in this novel and intrigued by the complicated relationship she had with her mother. I am struggling to pinpoint my reasons, but in the end I had a very good reading experience with this book.

Oct 31, 2016

This novel is well-written and interesting in some respects. However, I could not become engaged by Sofia's introspection and inability to resolve her relationship with her mother. One wonders if there is a human being buried under so much self-absorption.

Annemarie_F Sep 16, 2016

Darkly funny character study in a surreal setting. Sophia Irina and her mother Rose are quirky, intelligent and memorable characters, if not completely likeable. Sophia seeks her own identity as the grown daughter of the ailing Rose in their sojourn in hot Almeria, Spain.

Sep 16, 2016

Interesting story of unusual situation, good description of setting, fascinating characters. Good writing

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