Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
“Though much has been written about the complex, competitive, ineffable, unknowable nature of female friendship, it remains for me one of life’s—and literature’s—most fascinating topics. Ferrante is the maestra of the genre; her Neapolitan Quartet consists of over 1,000 pages which follow two women from childhood through middle age, and whose friendship proves more enduring than relationships with family, husbands, and lovers. The competition is there, the disapproval, and the jealousy. But Ferrante also captures the unconditional love and the indomitable connection that buoys them throughout their lives. It is fascinating to see Ferrante examine this phenomenon; through reading her we understand our own complicated female friendships.”
Allison Amend, author of Enchanted Islands
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