This is the second of Ferrante’s Neopolitan novels, and I must say, I love it even more than the first. Dive deeper into the intricacies of female friendship with her two main characters, Elena and Lila, as they navigate the waters of young adulthood. This book paints such an accurate historical portrait of Italy in the second half of the 20th century in the way of politics, poverty, and crime. Ferrante brilliantly weaves feminist conviction into her novel along with love, passion, adultery, creative genius, and ambition. These books are pure gold!