Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
The Schmooze

Deborah Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’ on Man Booker Prize Longlist

The British Jewish writer Deborah Levy’s novel “Hot Milk,” is among the thirteen books on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, announced earlier today.

Image by Courtesy of Bloomsbury Press

“Hot Milk” tells the story of a Sofia, a half-English, half-Greek student in London, and her mother, Rose. In a July 10th review of the book in the New York Times, Sarah Lyall lauded Levy for her “great imagination, the poetry of her language, her way of finding the wonder in the everyday, of saying a lot with a little, of moving gracefully among pathos, danger and humor and of providing a character as interesting and surprising as Sofia.”

This is the second time Levy, also a playwright and poet, has been a candidate for the Man Booker, a prestigious literary prize issued annually to the best English-language novel published in the United Kingdom. Her novel “Swimming Home” was shortlisted for the 2012 prize.

Other novels on the longlist include Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout,” a novel that, as the Forward’s Adam Langer wrote, “is both a raucous satire and deadly serious meditation on what we do and don’t talk about when we talk about race in America.” While Beatty is not Jewish, that combination of effects reminded Langer distinctly of Philip Roth, sort of.

The shortlist for the prize will be announced on September 13th, and its winner on October 25th.

Talya Zax is the Forward’s summer culture fellow. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter, @TalyaZax

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.