The incredible story continues in book three of the
critically acclaimed Neapolitan novels!
In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the
two girls whom readers first met in My
Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a
young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and
now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her
college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the
doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both
women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them
living a life of misery, ignorance, and submission. They are afloat on the
great sea of opportunities that opened up during the 1970s. Yet they are still
very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond.
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“Rising far above the melodrama of a typical coming-of-age story, this third in Ferrante’s four Neapolitan novels exhibits keen intellectual curiosity and heartfelt passion as it continues to explore the lives of childhood friends Lina and Elena…Superbly translated, this tour de force shows off Ferrante’s strong storytelling ability and will leave readers eager for the final volume of the series.”
Library Journal (starred review)