My Brilliant Friend

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My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

I am always attracted to the physical specimen that is a Europa edition. A smooth, square, French-flapped volume containing some of the best literary fiction being published today. My Brilliant Friend, perhaps because it is a translation, is composed of concise prose and chronicles a lifelong friendship between two women, Elena and Lila, growing up in post WWII Italy where women, particularly smart women, struggled under the repressive patriarchy. This story, the first of a trilogy, begins with a disappearance as do her other novels and ends with a bit of a cliffhanger leaving one eager for the next installment.