Friday, September 23, 2016
Hot Milk is packed with rich, luscious prose. The narrative can seem to disconnect from reality on occasion, and as a reader I sometimes lost my bearings, just like protagonist Sofia. She has spent her life caring for her mother, Rose, who has a mysterious and debilitating illness. While her mother is in Spain under the care of a new doctor, Sofia visits her father. Levy uses this separation as a way for Sofia to come into her own identity and detach from an unhealthy linkage to Rose. Levy leads Sofia to explore the issue raised by her father’s young wife: why would we do anything other than to what is to our own advantage. In one way or another, most novels lead us to ask questions of ourselves about what it means to be a living, vibrant person. Fans of literary fiction who enjoy finely written prose are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Hot Milk from amazon.com.