The first in her Neapolitan tetralogy, this book begins the story of two girls growing up in Naples after the fall of fascism and at the ushering in of modernity. It is one fo the most intimate and brutal portraits of the female psyche of this century--a must read!— Erin
Now an HBO series: the first volume in the New York Times-bestselling "enduring masterpiece" about a lifelong friendship between two women from Naples (The Atlantic).
Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Elena Ferrante's four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its main characters, the fiery and unforgettable Lila and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflicted friendship. This first novel in the series follows Lila and Elena from their fateful meeting as ten-year-olds through their school years and adolescence.
Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between two women.
"An intoxicatingly furious portrait of enmeshed friends."--Entertainment Weekly
"Spectacular."--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
"Captivating."--The New Yorker