Mother-daughter relationships are often difficult, but the one that Sofia, the main character in Deborah Levy's novel, Hot Milk, has with her own mother is particularly difficult. Since the mother suffers from an inexplicable paralysis, Sofia has to put her life on hold so that she might become the crutch her mother needs. But the life put aside bursts out in unexpected ways.
Hot Milk is a novel about dependency, obsession and the refusal to live life as a way of expressing anger. The sober realism of the narrative is often interrupted by almost surrealist moments that illuminate the absurdity of it all.
Hot Milk has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: http://themanbookerprize.com/fiction