A richly mythic, colour-saturated tale from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Swimming Home—Deborah Levy explores the violently primal bond between mother and daughter.
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.
About the author
Deborah Levy is the author of five novels: Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, The Unloved, Billy and Girl and the Man Booker-shortlisted Swimming Home. Her short-story collection, Black Vodka, was nominated for the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award and was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as were her acclaimed dramatizations of Freud’s iconic case studies Dora and The Wolfman. Levy has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and her pioneering theatre writing is collected in Levy: Plays 1. Levy was an AHRB Fellow at the Royal College of Art. She is currently writing the sequel to her autobiographic essay on writing, gender politics and philosophy, Things I Don’t Want to Know.
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