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Author: Elena Ferrante Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Neapolitan Novels Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781483080703
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A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

The story begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow—and as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge—Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists.

With My Brilliant Friend, the first in a series, Ferrante proves herself to be one of Italy’s greatest storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations—a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her work.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hillary Huber’s subtly shaded performance couldn’t be better as she reveals the complexities that separate and connect the two women…Ferrante’s dense, rich prose provides the perfect palette for Huber’s artistry. Huber’s delivery of this well-plotted, absorbing story of friendship will leave listeners wanting more.”


  • “One of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory.”


  • “An intoxicatingly furious portrait of enmeshed friends Lila and Elena…Ferrante writes with such aggression and unnerving psychological insight about the messy complexity of female friendship that the real world can drop away when you’re reading her.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Ferrante’s freshness has nothing to do with fashion…it is imbued with the most haunting music of all, the echoes of literary history.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Ferrante, beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein…writes with a ferocious, intimate urgency.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “This gorgeous novel should bring a host of new readers to one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors.”


  • “A compelling and moving coming-of-age story set in an impoverished neighborhood struggling to come into its own in a rapidly shrinking world. Celebrated Italian author Ferrante’s unflinching and insightful prose…is captivating and hopeful here and will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “It is Lila and her dreams and caprices that drive everything…Lila, mercurial, unsparing, and…seemingly capable of starting a full-scale neighborhood war, is a memorable character.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “What is most essential to the story is what is most essential in all our stories: love, loss, sex, marriage, children, friendship, family, dreams, and everything in between…Ferrante is as fearless a writer as they come. She does not use politics as a crutch to bring depth to her novels but rather trusts in her characters to be good enough and important enough all on their own.”

    Literary Hub

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Pick of Columnist Favorites
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Life Changing Books to Read with Your Mom
  • BookPage Top Pick for Binge-Reading a Series
  • A  2018 New York Times Pick of the New Vanguard in Fiction
  • A Bustle Pick of 12 Modern Books That Will Become Classics
  • An Electric Literature Pick of 9 Toxic Friendships in Literature
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Series That Embody the Womanhood Experience
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of Book Series to Binge On

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About the Author

Elena Ferrante, author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and My Brilliant Friend, among others, is one of Italy’s most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.