‘No form could ever contain Lila,’ the narrator writes of her brilliant friend. Nor can a novel.
By ELIZABETH LOWRY
How should we classify Elena Ferrante’s magnificently complicated Neapolitan quartet? The three previous titles in the series—“My Brilliant Friend” (2012), “The Story of a New Name” (2013) and “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay” (2014)—defy categorization.