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My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

In a 1950s Neapolitan neighborhood haunted by the ghosts of a violent past, childhood best friends Elena and Lila navigate a terrain defined by the decisions of their parents’€™ generation. Between them, a tacit loyalty grows, and this love overshadows a latent disquietude about the neighborhood in which they live.

Yet, with the onset of adolescence, Elena and Lila’€™s devotion to one another comes into question. As they both begin to understand themselves and each other in new ways, jealousies erupt and silent animosities create fissures in a formerly unyielding bond. What ensues is an affecting tale of growing up, of the ways in which a more complex understanding of our internal and external worlds – of our communities, families, and ourselves – can make friendship both a balm and a poison.

 

$14.99

About the Author

Elena Ferrante

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Elena Ferrante is an Italian novelist whose books are published in the U.S. by Europa Editions. Her most recent novel is the acclaimed The Story of A New Name.

"When you haven’t been in the world long, it’s hard to comprehend what disasters are at the origin of a sense of disaster: maybe you don’t even feel the need to. Adults, waiting for tomorrow, move in a present behind which is yesterday or the day before yesterday or at most last week: they don’t want to think about the rest. Children don’t know the meaning of yesterday, of the day before yesterday, or even of tomorrow, everything is this, now: the street is this, the doorway is this, the stairs are this, this is Mamma, this Papa, this is day, this is night."

-Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend