Hot Milk

Hot Milk

Book - 2016
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A young anthropologist named Sofia and her mother Rose travel to Spain to see a famous doctor in an attempt to understand Rose's mysterious illness, but the doctor's strange methods only compound the mystery and strain the relationship between the two women.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781620406694
Branch Call Number: FIC LEVY, DEBORAH
Characteristics: 217 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 19, 2017

You know that contest that Lay`s potato chips does every year- Do Us A Flavor? That's what I was reminded of while reading this book. The first year Lay`s held the contest in Canada(back in 2013), Tyler LeFrense of Isle Aux Morts, Newfoundland won with his suggestion of Maple Moose chips. His competition: Perogy Platter from Alberta, Creamy Garlic Ceasar from B.C., and Grilled Cheese & Ketchup from Ontario. I sampled each and every flavour. Maple Moose was the most distinctive. Each bite evoked the same response from me. Hmmm... these are strange.... but I can`t stop tasting them. I never could decide if they were good or so awful that my tastebuds were so confounded that I continued to be compelled to eat my way through the whole bag. I never bought a second bag.

This book was the same: bizarre and intriguing but leaving an odd taste in my mouth. I never did decide if I liked it or hated it but I know I won`t ever read it again.

As an aside, Maple Moose chips were discontinued less than a year after their release for poor sales. Go figure.

May 14, 2017

This book on the short list for the 2016 Man Booker Prize isn’t my cup of tea. I found the characters absurd and frustrating.

Feb 11, 2017

Wow. Just WOW. What a book! I enjoyed every bit of it. So clever, so quirky, so unpredictable. Enjoyed every dialogue, and every thought, and every relationship. This book makes you think and analyze lots of things while being simply breathtaking.

Dec 04, 2016

Disappointing and I just just flipped through the book trying to find the story as well as the poetic view of the life of the main character. No climax, no lessons learned. Would not recommend.

Nov 27, 2016

This was a bit disjointed and dreamy at times but I was pulled in by the thoughts of the young woman in this novel and intrigued by the complicated relationship she had with her mother. I am struggling to pinpoint my reasons, but in the end I had a very good reading experience with this book.

Oct 31, 2016

This novel is well-written and interesting in some respects. However, I could not become engaged by Sofia's introspection and inability to resolve her relationship with her mother. One wonders if there is a human being buried under so much self-absorption.

Annemarie_F Sep 16, 2016

Darkly funny character study in a surreal setting. Sophia Irina and her mother Rose are quirky, intelligent and memorable characters, if not completely likeable. Sophia seeks her own identity as the grown daughter of the ailing Rose in their sojourn in hot Almeria, Spain.

Sep 16, 2016

Interesting story of unusual situation, good description of setting, fascinating characters. Good writing

Aug 25, 2016


Jul 24, 2016

Sophia, a young anthropologist grad, is narrator of this story. Her journey to Spain is to get a diagnosis and treatment from an unusual doctor for her mothers mystery limb paralysis. In a sense Sophia's journey is to release herself from the grips of her mother's strange maladies. She relates to people and events as if studying the relationship of man to his universe. She describes a photograph of a front garden ..."The squares of turf had not grown into each other. Perhaps a paranoid personality was lurking to the left of the story they were building for us. He had cut down all the flowers and murdered the household pets." The writer captivates with the characters inner workings and how their thoughts present in their various relationships. You will have to read the book to find out if the trip was a success or not. The book explores the question "Are we trapped by our emotions?"


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