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Books in brief: “Hot Milk” by Deborah Levy

"Eschewing conventional plot and characterisation, Levy’s narrative unfolds in a series of potent images"

By Jane Shilling   August 2016

9780241146552Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (Hamish Hamilton, £12.99)

Sofia and her mother, Rose, travel to Almeria, in southern Spain, where Rose is to be treated for a mysterious illness by an enigmatic physician, Dr Gomez. To pay his fees of €25,000, Rose has remortgaged her house. It is, as Sofia remarks, a substantial sum to spend on the treatment of symptoms that are intractable, but curiously mutable. “Attempting to decipher her aches and pains is good training for an anthropologist,” thinks Sofia, who studied the subject, but abandoned her PhD to care for…

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