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
- ISBN-13: 9781609450786
- ISBN-10: 1609450787
- Publisher: Europa Editions
- Publish Date: September 2012
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
- Page Count: 336
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP