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The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante


To the uninitiated, the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante is best described as Balzac meets The Sopranosand rewrites feminist theory. The one-woman literary phenomenon is not a new writer, but her success, thanks to the quartet of Neapolitan novels of which this is the conclusion, is. Writing under a pseudonym and declining to make any personal appearances has led to much speculation about her identity, but she has sagely stated that everything we need to know about her is in the books themselves.


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