My Brilliant Friend
Neapolitan Novels, Book One
Now an HBO series: the first volume in theNew York TimesâEUR"bestselling âEURoeenduring masterpieceâEUR about a lifelong friendship between two women from Naples (The Atlantic).
Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Elena FerranteâEUR(TM)s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its main characters, the fiery and unforgettable Lila and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflicted friendship. This first novel in the series follows Lila and Elena from their fateful meeting as ten-year-olds through their school years and adolescence.
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 two women.
âEURoeAn intoxicatingly furious portrait of enmeshed friends.âEUR âEUR"Entertainment Weekly
âEURoeSpectacular.âEUR âEUR"Maureen Corrigan,NPRâEUR(TM)s Fresh Air
âEURoeCaptivating.âEUR âEUR"The New Yorker