Hot Milk

After enjoying her memoir, I’m off to the races with the rest of Levy’s work. This is a twisting and creeping tale of Sophia and her mother, in Spain seeking answers about why her mother can’t (or can only occasionally) walk. Sophia is a thwarted anthropologist, a coffee wench back in London (hence the title), abandoned by her Greek father when she was a teenager. He’s now extremely wealthy and has married a woman slightly older than Sophia and had another daughter, and Sophia visits them in Athens during this summer. Back in Spain, she’s in love with Ingrid but also sleeping with Juan and keeping tabs on various characters in the town. Ultimately Sophia leaves her mom in the middle of the road, encouraging her to save herself and walk. She finds her at home later, where her mom reveals her cancer diagnosis. Eep.