This is the last book in the “Neapolitan novels” quartet by Ferrante, an Italian author. In it we continue to follow Elena and Lila, two best friends who grew up in Naples following World War II. The first three books are: My Brilliant Friend (1); The Story of a New Name (2); Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (3). The quartet spans six centuries.
What reviewers are saying:
“[Elena and Lila are] one of those unforgettable pairs who define each other and take their place in our collective imagination as a matched set — like Prince Hal and Falstaff, Settembrini and Naphta, Vladimir and Estragon, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Thelma and Louise.” —The New York Times