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My Brilliant Friend

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My Brilliant Friend is the first of four biographical novels set in Naples, Italy starting after World War Two. It is a buddy story about two girls who grow up together in a poor Naples neighborhood. One escapes and makes a life for herself in the larger world. The mark of a great writer, such as Elena Ferrante, is the universality she can convey in a personal story. The reader feels included. The characters are memorable, and the pull and power of the confining neighborhood will be familiar to Imperial Valley readers. Begin with My Brilliant Friend, but read them all: The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child.

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