Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dear Great Book Guru,  I will be headed to Martha’s Vineyard for the Veterans’ Day weekend, and while all my friends know how I hate leaving Sea Cliff, I’m sure we will have a lovely time. To assure this, I need a good book to take along.  Any suggestions?   Weekend Away Reader

Dear Weekend Away Reader,  My book group just read a very interesting, thought-provoking book: HOT MILK by Deborah Levy. Sofia is a British graduate student who has spent many years caring for her mother Rose.  Rose’s illnesses may be real or feigned so when she suggests they visit a small coastal village where a strange but charismatic physician Doctor Gomez operates a private clinic. Sofia quickly agrees to go along.   Soon after arriving, she finds  adventure, a bevy of friends and  lovers, and a radically different life style- while ultimately gaining new insights into her relationship with Rose.  A weekend visit to Athens to see her father and his new family further helps her understand their mother and daughter dynamic.  Throughout this short (210 pages) the Greek mythological characters  Medusa and Medea appear adding a note of danger and horror.   The title  “Hot Milk” refers to the passionate, nurturing, and tortured  connection that binds this particular mother and child.  Recommended!   

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