Ferrante is a subtle subversive; the domestic, in her brilliant books, is a time bomb that ticks too loudly to ignore.

Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

Reading Ferrante reminded me of that child-like excitement when you can’t look up from the page, when your eyes seem to be popping from your head, when you think: I didn’t know books could do this!

Elizabeth Strout

About the Author

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. Her Neapolitan novels include My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of The Lost Child, fourth and final volume in the series.

Reviews

I recommend Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend as the perfect summer read. It is a fascinating novel about the childhood of two very intelligent and creative girls in a poor neighborhood in Naples before the Second World War. I loved watching their young friendship develop; their lives are fraught with extreme physicality and filled with emotional intensity. It’s beautifully written and I can’t wait to read the two sequels that chronicle the girls in their later years.

Dina Hoffman, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Author

Narrator
Hillary Huber

ISBN
9781483080703

Length
12 hours 37 minutes

Language
English

Publisher
Blackstone Audio

Publication Date

Abridged
No

  • She took the facts and in a natural way charged them with tension; she intensified reality as she reduced it to words, she injected it with energy.
  • My river of words and her silence seemed to demonstrate that my life was splendid but uneventful, which left me time to write to her every day, while hers was dark but full.
  • Her quickness of mind was like a hiss, a dart, a lethal bite. And there was nothing in her appearance that acted as a corrective.
  • There was something unbearable in the things, in the people, in the buildings, in the streets that, only if you reinvented it all, as in a game, became acceptable.
  • Children don’t know the meaning of yesterday, of the day before yesterday, or even of tomorrow, everything is this, now: the street is this, the doorway is this, the stairs are this, this is Mamma, this is Papa, this is the day, this the night.

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