‘Obviously, raising the voice compels attention and incites fear, but was she bold? Did I want to be bold like her? What shade of bold was I after?’

– Deborah Levy, Hot Milk

‘What is she doing standing so close to me?
“I am Sophie, but Sofia is my Greek name.”
“How do you do, Zoffie?”
The way she says my name is like a whole other life. I’m ashamed of my sad white flip-flops. They have turned grey in the summer.’

– Deborah Levy, Hot Milk