Hot Milk


26883528“Hot Milk” by Deborah Levy is probably the best novel I’ve read this year after “Hystopia” by David Means. The language is poetic and hypnotic. The plot centers around a mother-daughter relationship. Sophia has spent her life caring for her hypochondriac mother and struggles for independence. Besides the beauty of the prose, what I loved most about this book is Levy’s exploration of cornerstones or narratives around which human lives revolve. Sophia contemplates the question posed by her solipsistic father’s wife: why anyone would do anything that wasn’t to his advantage. This philosophical novel chronicles Sophia’s attempts to individuate, break out of old patterns and search for a meaningful life.

Nicole Charbonnet


One Response to “Hot Milk”

  1. I couldn’t agree more with your critique of this marvelous novel.

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