My Brilliant Friend

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Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, Jul 6, 2016 - Fiction - 497 pages
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. Ferrante¿s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on 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, 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, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

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User Review  - ZelmerWilson - LibraryThing

I have heard nothing but good things about this novel and it lived up to all of my expectations. I now have to read the other three novels. The only negative I can think of, and it is a minor one was that it wasn't always easy to keep track of the characters. Read full review

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User Review  - CarltonC - LibraryThing

The start of a story that is simple in its overall arc, two intelligent girls growing up in the poor quarter of 1950’s Naples, choose how they will rise above the poverty of their parents. The mastery ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples, Italy. Her work includes Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, The Story of the Lost Child, The Story of a New Name, The Lost Daughter, Fragments, and My Brilliant Friend. She is the author of My Brilliant Friend which made The New York Times Bestsellers List and The New Zealand Best Seller List 2015. She was included on Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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