"This is more entertaining than the Neapolitan novels yet still contains Ferrante’s trademark honesty and unflinching exploration of feelings we are so ashamed of that we don’t even know we’ve felt them until now.
recommended if you like: obsessive love, coming-of-age stories, intense women"
“Ferrante’s latest novel gives an insightful and intriguing look at the life of a budding Italian teenage girl, both internally and externally. I found Ferrante’s ability to delve into Giovanna’s psyche fascinating, especially since I’ve never parented a girl and don’t always feel like I understand them. Her sensitivity to the myriad of issues and the fragility of Giovanna’s relationships make for a marvelous read. Ferrante is a gifted writer, and this latest offering does not disappoint. I loved this story! Fabulous read!”
— Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER
In this powerful novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the New York Times best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend, fourteen-year-old Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which wears a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity, where her guide is the unforgettable Aunt Vittoria.
With this new novel about the passage from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Ferrante gives her readers another gripping, highly addictive, Neapolitan story.
"Another spellbinding coming-of-age tale from a master."--People Magazine