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Publisher's Summary

The story of Elena and Lila begins in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. The two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, sometimes to their own detriment, as each discovers more about who she is and suffers or delights in the throes of their intense friendship.
There is a piercing honesty about Ferrante’s prose that makes My Brilliant Friend a compulsively readable portrait of two young women, and also the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country.
©2011 Edizioni E/O (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Gutsy and compulsively readable ... One of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory.... Ferrante wisely balances her memoir-like emotional authenticity with a wry sociological understanding of a society on the verge of dramatic change." (Vogue)
"Elena Ferrante will blow you away." (Alice Sebold)
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By Aimee on 10-29-15

Recommended

Fantastic book, read for book club. About to download book 2 can't wait to see the progression!!

Only negative was the amount of characters you have to keep up with, who they are related to where they fit etc. Audiobooks definitely arepte challenging in this way. Otherwise fantastic!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By Mary on 01-22-16

Laborious read.

Struggled to finish. Too many names of insignificant characters mentioned. The narrator often sounded bored.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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