Hot Milk by Deborah Levy audiobook

Hot Milk

By Deborah Levy
Read by Romola Garai

8.50 Hours 11/01/2016 Unabridged
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“I have been sleuthing my mother’s symptoms for as long as I can remember. If I see myself as an unwilling detective with a desire for justice, is her illness an unsolved crime? If so, who is the villain and who is the victim?” 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.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize

An Atlantic Best Book of 2016

“I have been sleuthing my mother’s symptoms for as long as I can remember. If I see myself as an unwilling detective with a desire for justice, is her illness an unsolved crime? If so, who is the villain and who is the victim?”

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Romola Garai brings listeners into the inquisitive and observant mind of Sofia Papastergiadis, a timid unemployed anthropologist turned barista…Garai is strongest when she’s inside Sofia’s head, tracing her journey to becoming a bolder and more assertive force, though her performances of the mysterious German lover, Ingrid, and demanding Rose are also noteworthy.” AudioFile
“Against fertile seaside backdrops, Sofia, seeking a robust, global meaning for femininity and motherhood, becomes increasingly bold herself.” New Yorker
“A powerful novel of the interior life, which Levy creates with a vividness that recalls Virginia Woolf…Transfixing.” Guardian (London)

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Author

Author Bio: Deborah Levy

Author Bio: Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy is a British playwright, novelist, and poet. She is the author of six novels, including Swimming Home, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, and Hot Milk, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and the Goldsmiths Prize 2016. Her collection of short stories, Black Vodka was shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English