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Hot Milk
Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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. Sophia'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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Brimful
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What an amazing read. Everyone is howling with rage and pain like the mad dog that Sophia our protagonist frees And everyone is trying to find themselves especially Sophia who has a half finished thesis and is unsure about love and her sexuality. Her relationships with her needy mother absent father and her lovers and would be lovers are difficult and difficult to understand. The writing is brilliant and elusive. I will read this again.

CarolynM Great review. I loved this one too. 13mo
Brimful Thanks. So hard to do justice to this book Complex but concise and accessible! 13mo
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erinreads
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Just finished my current read so no better time to start my actual #BookSpin pick! And I‘m actually really excited for my #DoubleSpin pick because I feel like I‘ve almost started this book like twenty times, so this month is the month! Thank you @TheAromaofBooks for continuing this fun tradition month after month! 💕

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14mo
Karisa I love Strange the Dreamer! Beautifully written book and the characters are amazing! 14mo
erinreads @Karisa I hope I love it! Is the sequel good too? (There is a sequel, right?) 14mo
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Karisa @erinreads Yep, Muse of Nightmares is the sequel. I was not as impressed by the sequel. It felt rushed or something. Maybe I just loved the first book a little too much, nothing else could compare. I even have a scarf with words from it (from Storiarts) #obsessed as my students say 😂 14mo
RaeLovesToRead Strange the Dreamer is amazing 💕 14mo
Karisa Just looked it up on Goodreads and the sequel has a higher rating (both are high though). Must‘ve just been me on the sequel being not as good 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
CarolynM I loved Hot Milk. Hope you enjoy🙂 14mo
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Graywacke
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Southern Spain sun with her Yorkshire Mom‘s mysterious numb feet to see a questionable specialist. The sun, the parched landscape, Medusa jellyfish and Greek mythology, and a newfound experimental inhibition…nothing is reliable here. It‘s all one step removed, dreamy, uncertain, and thought-provoking. This is my second terrific book by Levy. I really like how the atmosphere here has hung around beyond the few days it took to read.

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Graywacke
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'Sofia is a waitress, for the time being,' my father said in Greek.

I am other things, too.
I have a first-class degree and a master's.
I am pulsating with shifting sexualities.
I am sex on tanned legs in suede platform sandals.
I am urban and educated and currently godless.

Cathythoughts I like the quote ! I think I have this book somewhere… must find it 👍🏻 2y
Graywacke @Cathythoughts hope you get here. Beaches and anthropology and some strained reality waiting for you. 🙂 2y
Suet624 Fantastic quote. 2y
Graywacke @Suet624 👍 I love it. It‘s a terrific book. All that mixture of stuff coming from one person saying one thing. The quote captures some of that. 2y
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Graywacke
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Not, mind you, an ideal reading environment.

CarolynM I look forward to your review of this one 2y
Graywacke @CarolynM i finished last night. 🙂Hyper surreal - on sunny Spanish beeches referencing Greek mythology. I was a little overwhelmed at first, but it‘s just so fun and really terrific overall. I‘ll have to think how to explain in a review post here. 2y
CarolynM I loved the ambiguity of it. Was the mother really ill? Was the doctor a fraud? How unreliable was the narrator? She's a truly great writer. 2y
Graywacke @CarolynM ah, you‘ve read it too! It‘s terrific, no? And that, what you describe, it all adds to that atmosphere. So playful and curious and never really a reliable reality. 🙂 2y
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I seem to have read a few books with difficult/interesting mother & daughter relationship. This was one of them. Sofia and her mother Rose are in southern Spain to visit a clinic run by a man called Gómez. Rose has a strange affliction with her legs. Sofia finds is difficult to get her own life and feels bound to her mother. This is a strange one, while I didn't love it, it was certainly interesting. I do like stories about mothers and daughters.

MrsMalaprop I agree, this was interesting and quite memorable, but weird. 2y
JenniferP I read this a couple years ago and didn't think I liked it that much, but it has definitely stuck with me! 2y
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Amor4Libros
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One of my goals for 2021 is to buy a lot less and read what I have on my shelves. Have only read the first chapter on this one and already looks like something I will enjoy.

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Gracelovesreading
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A perfect accompannying beverage. 👍🍶 So much, in such a compact book. Densely compressed with meaning, imagery and metaphor. I loved the scattered narration. Glimpses and fragments of a life. Repeated symbolism and revisited motifs. Changing perspectives and perception of people. An exploration of identity, maternal, paternal and romantic relationships. Role of language. A different and engaging read. Emotive yet unemotional. Many layers.

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rmaclean4
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Beautiful and confounding novel about a complicated mother daughter relationship. 3 🌟

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Graywacke
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My second and last Hanukkah batch. 🙂 🕎

CarolynM Two great reads there! I don't know the book on the bottom. 2y
batsy Hot Milk is so good! 2y
Graywacke @CarolynM The Petrarch book, something like a biography?, is one a friend on LibraryThing read and said he enjoyed. I‘m looking forward to all three. 🙂 2y
Graywacke @batsy I really got a kick out of her latest (?) novel The Man Who Knew Everything (which I had to listen to twice. I think that‘s necessary to “get” it. It‘s short, at least). Looking forward to this one too. 2y
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KarenUK
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Tagged. Ethereal, dreamy and got under my skin💕
2. I don‘t bail, at least I can‘t remember the last time I did.... I have really good intuition about what books are going to be my jam....
3. Alan Hollinghurst... reading my second of his right now, and besotted by his writing 😍

Eggs Delightful 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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KarenUK
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#bookreport
A great week, I loved all three I read...😍

- My Dark Vanessa really was dark, but felt true and moved me in a real way, while touching a raw nerve.
- Hot milk was a fabulous audio-surreal, beautiful and meandering in a really good way.
- The Regrets was my most unique read this year... Odd, romantic, poignant and amusing.... I fell hard!

- just started 2 that have been in the #TBR forever, but I think they are both totally my jam!

squirrelbrain Sounds like a great reading week! 3y
Reviewsbylola I plan on reading Vanessa soon. I‘ve heard good things! 3y
Cinfhen I really disliked Hot Milk!!! I just didn‘t get it...but I can see where you would find it bewitching. 3y
KarenUK @Cinfhen I can totally see why someone wouldn‘t like it! It‘s definitely an odd one! I know @squirrelbrain & @barbarabb were both fans, so I had a feeling I‘d like it.... (edited) 3y
BarbaraBB Another great week. Looking forward to your #weeklyforecast! 3y
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KarenUK
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Ethereal and dreamlike, at times unsettling, full of beautiful and strange details, surreal and sensuous. Through Sophia‘s inner world, the oppressive heat and foreignness of her surroundings are captured in each lovely sentence. Like waking up after an afternoon nap in a warm climate, her world feels disorientating yet familiar. Though the plot meanders, I was utterly absorbed.
I loved this audiobook so much! Romola Garai does a wonderful job🎧💕

squirrelbrain Wonderful review - glad you loved it! 3y
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this one too. 3y
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TheAromaofBooks Love your review! 3y
CarolynM Great review. I loved this one too. What did you decide about the mother in the end? Really sick or faking it? 3y
batsy Lovely review and I agree completely. 3y
KarenUK @CarolynM I‘m still not sure, maybe psychosomatic... 🤷‍♀️ 3y
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squirrelbrain
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This was my 2nd-ever audio book and, having struggled with the first, I loved it! It‘s quirky and unusual and I really felt like I knew the MC. Loved the narrator (Romola Garai).

I felt like I heard more than I would when reading, as I can‘t help speed-reading which means I miss stuff. I‘ve been #audiowalking, #audiocolouring and #audiobaking (Rolo brownies 😋) - I may just be a convert!

#readingeurope2020
#spain (would also work for #greece)

BarbaraBB I loved this book too! 3y
batsy Great book, I loved it as well. And oh my gosh, those brownies! 😍 3y
TrishB I wasn‘t a fan of this one 🤷‍♀️ 3y
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CarolynM I liked this one a lot too. I often find ambiguity annoying but I thought it really worked in this book. 3y
Caroline2 I enjoyed this one too. It‘s so unusual and I loved the main character. 👍 3y
KarenUK I‘m loving this! Thanks for putting this audio on my radar.... it‘s dreamy and oddly addictive 🎧💕 3y
squirrelbrain Oh I‘m so glad @KarenUK ! It certainly switched me on to audiobooks.... 3y
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merelybookish
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Recent(ish) novels where while on #holiday,
⛱️ A mother gets ill
⛱️ A doll goes missing
⛱️ A child goes missing
⛱️ A husband goes missing
Maybe it's not such a good idea to get away. 🤨
@cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen Hahaha!!! 3y
Freespirit Wow sounds heavy reading! 3y
merelybookish @Freespirit Yeah none of them are light, breezy reads. But I liked them all except The Glitch. 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm Hahaha this post! Great job! 👏😆 3y
batsy Nicely done! I loved Hot Milk and have the Kitamura and Ferrante on my TBR. 3y
merelybookish @batsy Highly recommend both! And like you have #spinsterlit, I'm drawn to books about mothers who leave (not sure there's a cute hashtag for that 🤔😬) and Ferrante is one of those books. 3y
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Annashep
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Waiting in the opticians ... reading!! Just started this book good few pages to start it ... looking forward to reading more 😊😊

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Annashep
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A visit to Barter Books in Alnwick Northumberland, north east England ... in the snow .... and a fresh book haul ... excited!!!

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IzzyRoseHardy
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Mehso-so

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jenniferw88
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Thanks @Caroline2 for the next #whodunituk and bonus #justbecause book - I'm looking forward to trying both!

Caroline2 Glad they arrived ok and I hope you like them! 👍🏻 4y
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whatrebeccasread
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A powerful short read which draws you in to it‘s dreamlike world. It‘s odd, but it‘s good. Deborah Levy‘s “Hot Milk” gets 4 stars from me.

My full review is up on my blog! 📚

CarolynM I liked this one a lot too 5y
whatrebeccasread @CarolynM glad to hear that! I think it's a bit of a marmite book as far as I can tell! 5y
whatrebeccasread @CarolynM is that a really British term? Is marmite international?! 5y
CarolynM It is a British term, but as an Australian I speak fluent British😂 5y
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Caroline2
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Well this is a strange little book! A mother and daughter go to Spain to see an unorthodox doctor to try and cure the mother‘s mystery illness....! Beautiful writing and completely unpredictable, it made for a refreshingly unique summer read!

Libby1 Great review. I completely agree. I found it oddly hypnotic. 5y
LittleWonder @Caroline2 I completely agree with you - and odd but interesting read. ☺️ 5y
Cathythoughts Great review! On my bookshelf waiting 5y
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TrishB I really didn‘t like this one! Another one that splits Readers I think! 5y
Caroline2 @TrishB it‘s a weird one isn‘t it - one minute I liked it then I hated it, not keen on the ending but it was nice to read something different! 😆 I tend to find that about Man Booker prize winning books; they‘re not necessarily awesome books, just different!! 🤷‍♀️ 5y
CarolynM More agreement from me. Ambiguity is not normally my thing, but I loved it in this book 5y
emilyhaldi I agree with your review 💯 it just worked for me as a summer read by the pool 😊 5y
BookwormM I loved this book but I hate that title 5y
jenniferw88 Hi, forgot to say that August's #whodunituk arrived safely whilst Litsy wasn't letting us tag people! Thanks for the extra bookmarks! 5y
Caroline2 @jenniferw88 great, glad it arrived ok! 👍🏻 5y
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CarolynM
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There is no certainty about anyone in this book - #BlurredLines everywhere. #HeatOfJuly

Cathythoughts This one seems to get a lot of Litsy love. On my TBR 5y
CarolynM @Cathythoughts It's a really interesting book, I finished it not knowing what to think about any of the characters. Usually I'd be really annoyed about that, but in this book it was a big part of the enjoyment. 5y
BarbaraBB I agree, I really loved this one even though it was so vague and blurred! 5y
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Cinfhen @emilyhaldi just read this❣️I think she enjoyed it too!! I‘m REALLY curious about it 5y
youneverarrived Great choice! 5y
Jeg This was an uncomfortable read for me as it reminded me of my relationship with my mother. 5y
CarolynM @Jeg Oh wow, that would have made it very hard to read. Did you think the mother was really sick, or was she just manipulating her daughter or something in between? 5y
Jeg @CarolynM I think it was a bit of both. It certainly was with my mum. It took me years after her death to actually see that there was a mental problem that in fact one doctor had picked up but she refused any help. 5y
CarolynM @Jeg That's where I finished up too. But just how reliable was the daughter/narrator? 5y
Jeg @CarolynM I‘d like to think very reliable. 😊. However I haven‘t really thought about that. Guess many points of view. Wonder how the mum saw it, wonder what my mum was thinking??? 5y
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LittleWonder
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Completely enjoyable. The last two chapters made me think - may have to reread for clarity, but a recommended summer read about mothers, daughters, and finding one‘s self.

rachaich I liked this book. I think I should read some of her others :) 5y
LittleWonder @rachaich Same! I really enjoyed her style. 5y
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LittleWonder
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Possibly breaking record temps in the Northeast today with a high of 98 degrees. Finishing up this book by the pool with a beer or two - definitely no milk! 🤣Hot Milk is The Readers Podcast summer read.. Happy first day of July! 🌞 🏖

Mccall0113 Too hot for central NY ! 5y
LittleWonder Amen - but it‘s July and if we didn‘t have some scorchers, people would say we didn‘t have a Summer. 😀 5y
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LittleWonder
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Winding down a Sunday with a thunderstorm and a glass of wine under the covered piazza. The wine is called Happy Sloth - which pretty much describes my afternoon of reading 😂😊🍷📚⛈

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HardcoverHearts
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It‘s our first full day in Paris and we have been everywhere. Now it‘s time to settle down and enjoy the longer evening light, reading in the park next to Shakespeare and Company book store, gazing at Notre Dame. I picked up this book in advance of The Readers coming to SF shortly, since they will be talking about it when recording their podcast then. I don‘t know if I have ever enjoyed a reading spot more in my life!

LiteraryinLawrence Sounds beautiful! 5y
AnneCecilie I just love that park. There's something really peaceful with a park in the mid of the city. And if you look up you'll see Notre Dame. 5y
LeahBergen Oh, lucky you. 😍 5y
Susannah It sounds glorious! 5y
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LittleWonder
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My favorite time of day - 6AM with bulletproof coffee.

Any other Littens reading “Hot Milk” for The Readers Podcast summer read? I‘m 10% in and enjoying it!!

#TheReaders

BarbaraBB I read it when it was nominated for the Man Booker Prize a few years ago and really liked it. 5y
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emilyhaldi
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I loved the dream-like quality of this book. It‘s a strange story, especially the bizarre dialogue that‘s as if every character is doped up on the same psychotropic drug 🤔 but if you can ride the wave, it‘s poetic and enlightening too.

CarolynM I hadn't thought of it that way, but you're right, drugs would explain it. I loved the ambiguity of the story. I was never sure what to believe about any of the characters. Often I would find that really frustrating but somehow she made it work here. 5y
Lindy A bit of a shocker at the end too; not what I was expecting, anyway. 5y
Reviewsbylola Total hard pass. Glad you liked it though! 5y
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Cathythoughts Great review! Looking forward to it 5y
BarbaraBB I liked this one a lot! 5y
Cinfhen Almost bought this on the #BookOutlet sale but something was holding me back - 5y
emilyhaldi It‘s very different @Cinfhen ... I think this might be a #borrownotbuy for you 5y
Cinfhen Yay!!! My instincts paid off...thanks, Em!!! #maybeOneDay 5y
ElishaLovesBooks Good review! I felt the same! Afterwards I kept thinking- “what was that story really about?” 5y
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youneverarrived
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Wow. The imagery in this is stunning. Took me a few pages to really get into it but then I was hooked! It‘s dreamy & introspective but kind of grounded at the same time. I related to Sofia in a way. Beautifully written and one I‘m sure will stick with me.

emilyhaldi Lovely review!! I'm looking forward to this one as a summer read 😊 5y
youneverarrived @emilyhaldi thanks 😊 it‘ll make a great summer read. Hope you like it! 💙 5y
CarolynM Great review. I loved the ambiguity of this book, all the question that remained about the characters. Were they really what they seemed, what they claimed to be? 5y
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Cathythoughts Lovely review... I‘m looking forward to this one 👍🏻❤️ 5y
youneverarrived @CarolynM thanks! I got that too. The mother intrigued me even though she annoyed me. Definitely one that makes you think. 5y
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks! I hope you like it when you get to it 😘 5y
batsy Lovely review! Dreamy yet grounded captures it well. 5y
youneverarrived @batsy thanks 💙 5y
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youneverarrived
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Just starting this one! It‘s been on my tbr for a while and I spotted it in the library a week or so ago so thought I‘d check it out.

BarbaraBB It‘s good 💜 5y
CarolynM I read it more than a year ago and I'm still thinking about it. Look forward to seeing your review 5y
batsy I loved it, hope you enjoy! 5y
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Cathythoughts This sounds good ! Stacking 👍🏻💫 5y
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB @CarolynM @batsy that‘s good to know! Still not too far into it but it‘s got me intrigued. 5y
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erinreads
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Spent the afternoon at Politics & Prose in DC to celebrate #IndependentBookstoreDay. Loving today‘s #bookhaul. 💕

Cailey_Mac Ahh I love that bookstore!😍 5y
CareBear Love your Ariel pop 😍 5y
tammysue 👏🏻😍 5y
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saresmoore So pretty! 5y
Reviewsbylola Awesome haul!! 5y
ErikasMindfulShelf Homegoing 😍 5y
ElishaLovesBooks Politics and Prose is the best! Great haul! 5y
BarbaraBB Great haul! Some of my favourites there! 5y
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It was a depressing kind of read for me. I am totally in love with the narration and chracterization. I found many places where we had to dive in to find the actual intended meaning. It was a different type of read which I am not able to properly classify. I am neither happy nor upset that I picked it up! The reader has to be attentive to get the essence of it⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Review is up in https://ovicandid.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/hot-milk-book-review/

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“She has ripped my heart out with her monster claws”

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Jeg
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Finished this here in Charlotte. I‘m not completely sure how I feel about this book. I read it because it‘s our next book club pick. I‘m going to read it again before we meet. It reminded me far too much of my mum and my relationship with her just before she died . I‘m still thinking about it all. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop 😢 I wondered whether the style would bother you? It‘s a bit weird. Also quite vivid. I will be interested to see whether a second reading makes a difference to you, and I of course look forward to our book club discussion. 😊 5y
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MrsMalaprop
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How odd. Evocative. Strange. Beautiful. Haunting. Very well written. I think I liked it? Help!

Abailliekaras I was the same! A little dreamy but so tightly written and yes haunting! 5y
CarolynM Yes, I know exactly what you mean. Rather than repeat myself I refer you to my previous "spoiler" containing comment 5y
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Yes, I read your comment and @Brona ‘s review just after I‘d finished it today. I can imagine it will be one of those books that stay with me... 5y
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batsy That's how I felt! And I loved it 😊 5y
Jeg Just started it this morning @MrsMalaprop . It‘s going to be my plane read on way back to Charlotte. 5y
Brona It's an odd one alright, but a year later I'm still a little haunted by some of the images 5y
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Jeg
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Finally got to book shop here in Savannah. E.Shaver bookseller. One book for me , Hot Milk , next up on our book club. A t shirt also for me. Rest for granddaughter Annie. @TheKidUpstairs @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Great haul! I‘m 2/3 of the way through 5y
Jeg @MrsMalaprop I‘m about to start. I‘ll have to read it again before book club though! 😊 5y
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Camille2
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MrsMalaprop
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This morning‘s reading spot 😍. #currentlyreading

youneverarrived Beautiful 💙 5y
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readsforkeeps
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“I confess that I am often lost in all the dimensions of time, that the past sometimes feels nearer than the present and I often fear the future has already happened.” - Deborah Levy, Hot Milk
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Sofia skips University to take care of her hypochondriac mother. They visit a well known "shaman" in Spain for the treatment. Series of events happens which makes Sofia learn more about herself. It is a beautifully written coming of age story that doesn't only portray love in family and relationships but also learning to identify oneself amidst the daily muddles of life. I had a good reading experience with this one.

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MrsMalaprop
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This month‘s book club read. #currentlyreading @Jeg

CarolynM I really enjoyed this. I'll be really interested to hear what you think 5y
Jeg @MrsMalaprop I found a copy here but didn‘t buy it as we are traveling today and have masses of stuff for Robert etc. Thought if I found it again I‘d get it and read it on the way home . Then again just before book club! That should make me remember it!! The copy I found was $9 US. Different cover to yours I think. 5y
Brona I think I loved this book too, but I had reservations. It has stayed with me for over a year though - it got under my skin - http://bronasbooks.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/hot-milk-by-deborah-levy.html?m=1 5y
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MrsMalaprop @CarolynM @Brona It‘s been on my radar since I heard Patricia Karvelas say it was her favourite last summer. I know others don‘t necessarily share that view. I was so glad when it was chosen for our BC this month 👏. 5y
CarolynM @Brona thanks for the link, I enjoyed reading your review. The book has stayed with me too, largely because of the ambiguity of most of the characters. I still don't know whether I think the mother was really sick, whether the doctor was a charlatan, what was going on between the daughter and her girlfriend. Often that would annoy me, but here somehow it really worked for me. (edited) 5y
MrsMalaprop @Brona @CarolynM I‘ll wait until I‘ve finished it before I read your review & spoiler respectively 😊. 5y
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Alicia
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Mini haul from Half Price Books last night! Went on a search for my swap gifts, found nothing for #theretellingbookswap but I did find two books for my #HalloweenGoesPostal match!!! Also ended up with these two for me!

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JillR
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I know this one has a lot of Litsy love, but it just wasn't for me. I struggle with strange books like this. Some parts of the story were intriguing, and I could see it was very well written, but I can't do books with this kind of dreamlike quality. I never feel inclined to invest in the extra thinking a book like this needs. I finished it, but if it had been longer I think I'd have bailed.

minkyb Good for you to see it through! 5y
TrishB I didn't like it either - but pushed through to the end too! 5y
JillR Glad it's not just me @TrishB ! @minkyb I really hate bailing, although one of the kids did ask me why I was still reading it if it was making me so grumpy 😆 5y
merelybookish I had mixed feelings about this. I liked the writing but the story confused me. 5y
JillR @merelybookish I think I would have liked the story if the writing style was different! I was intrigued by the hypochondria and mother/daughter thing going on :) 5y
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readordierachel
Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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A local indie bookstore was having a 50th anniversary party. Everything was on sale. I went a little nuts, but all of this was under $30 total, so I don't feel too bad. I'm calling it a very early birthday present. I can definitely #blamelitsy for some of these. #bookhaul

JSW Great haul!! And happy early birthday! 5y
LectricSheep Ann Leckie!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
saresmoore Yes to all of these! Great finds! 5y
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EvieBee 😮 That‘s an amazing haul! Great price too!! 5y
merelybookish So many goodies! Cat's Eye is my fave Atwood. 5y
britt_brooke Nice!! 5y
Suelizbeth Cat's Eye is in my TBR. 🐈 5y
DebinHawaii Great haul! 📚👍👍 5y
batsy Great finds! Cat's Eye, Hot Milk, Savage Beauty & Wildfell Hall all superb reads, imo :) 5y
LauraBrook Holy crap, that's a great deal with great finds! #proshopper 5y
readordierachel @JSW Thank you! 5y
readordierachel @LectricSheep I have yet to read her, but I've heard such good things and I already have Ancillary Justice, so I couldn't pass it up! 5y
readordierachel @saresmoore You and @batsy seemed to have such a good time with Tenant of Wildfell Hall that I couldn't resist :) 5y
readordierachel @EvieBee @LauraBrook I was so surprised when I saw the price. I thought they had made a mistake! It absolved my usual book buying guilt 😂 5y
readordierachel @merelybookish High praise! Now I'm looking forward to it even more. 5y
readordierachel @Suelizbeth I've heard such good things about it! 5y
ValerieAndBooks I got Savage Beauty last week from the used bookstore 😊! Looking forward to reading it. 5y
rachellayown Nice haul! 👍 5y
shawnmooney Nice stack - I loooooved Hot Milk. By the way, has my package arrived? I wouldn't be surprised if it hadn't yet, but just wanted to check. 5y
readordierachel @shawnmooney I'm looking forward to that one! No package yet :) I will let you know when it arrives. 5y
dscale The Tenant of Wildfell Hall ❤️ have to add that to my re-read pile! 5y
readordierachel @dscale It will be a first-time read for me. I'm looking forward to it. Glad to hear you liked it! 5y
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JillR
Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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This was a gift and I'm launching in knowing nothing about the book or the author. Have you read this or anything else by Deborah Levy?

Cinfhen No, but I'm curious as well! Keep me posted.... 5y
JillR I will @Cinfhen ! 5y
Libby1 Yes. I liked this one. It was odd and strangely hypnotic. In a good way. 5y
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JillR Thanks @libby1 👍 5y
MrsMalaprop Australian radio journalist Patricia Karvelas named it her summer favourite. That's where I first heard of it. But I still haven't actually read it. 5y
JillR I'm already hearing good things @mrsmalaprop - I'm looking forward to getting started... (not until this evening though, work is getting in the way unfortunately...) 5y
BarbaraBB It's really good! Especially the inner life of the daughter! 5y
JillR Thanks @BarbaraBB - glad you enjoyed it, I'm going to get started now the kids are in bed! 5y
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rachaich
Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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I've recently joined a book club (hurrah ) and this was the book. I binge read it, that's how drawn in I became. Her writing is superbly enticing and the almost poetic lines were such a pleasure to read. I'm going to seek out her otger books.

Libby1 This book is strangely hypnotic. 5y
shawnmooney Yes! Yes! And yes! 😍 5y
wormkim This was my firsy book club choice... Sadly I wasn't as gripped by it but glad you enjoyed it Rach 5y
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whelanmaria
Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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Mehso-so

This book is beautiful and devastating, a young woman searching for love, life, happiness, and home. I found the plot to be engaging enough but, while the writing is impressive, it felt very slow. It's a quick read but I had some trouble staying with the narrator's existential crisis and questioning page after page. Worth a read but it's a slow one.

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whelanmaria
Hot Milk | Deborah Levy

My love for my mother is like an axe. It cuts very deep.

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DennisJacobRosenfeld
Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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It's really hot today, so I'm having short break on the balcony with a cold drink and a book. I've only just started the book, and although the plots differ vastly, I'm somehow reminded of Adam Resurrected by Yoram Kaniuk. That is high praise by the way.

batsy I loved this book. 6y
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elliemcc11
Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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There were occassions where I wasn't sure what quite was happening or who was talking but overall I enjoyed this tale of family clashes and self discovery and felt I was there on the beach in Almeria province. 🏖📚