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Here is the dazzling saga of two women: the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; many of life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up - a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received novels. In this final book, she has returned to Naples.
Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from the city of her birth. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity to the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Nearness to the world she has always rejected only brings her role as its unacknowledged leader into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, and unforgettable.
Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous, the story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty and brilliance. The four volumes in this series constitute a long, remarkable story that listeners will return to again and again, and every return will bring with it new revelations.
©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audiobooks
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By Amazon Customer on 05-01-16

The best of the series. But should be read after the others to get the full impact.

This book is more tightly written than the others, yet thoughtfully presents mature reflections on all the themes. Characters are put into perspective as is are the political waves that flowed beneath the personal stories.
The tensions of so many lives begin to settle into a calm of mature age, still active but no longer frantic. Ferrante has done justice to the story of her city and to the characters lives and passions. Brava.

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By Pamela on 10-15-15

Incredible Series

This amazing series about the friendship of two women is not to be missed. Yes, it's long but well worth your time. I believe that most women can relate to these two women's friendship which actually isn't too friendly at times. ...can you relate? I'm so happy I listened to this intriguing story.

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By Mrs. L. Lawson on 12-23-16

The lost child

Enjoy listing to the finished book
Often I stopped to read back as I did not understand

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By rena on 10-01-16

excellent reading of the shocking conclusion .

The fascinating continuation of this powerful, intriguing story of two women.
the most shocking events bring the book to life, though I found some sections overly and repetitively self reflective.

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