by Elena Fer­rante, Penguin/Ran­dom House.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

This is the first of Fer­rante’s tril­ogy that charts the lives of two friends. Fer­rante’s de­pic­tion of friend­ship has been com­pared to that of Dick­ens, her at­ten­tion to de­tail and nu­ance is very im­pres­sive. Hardly any­thing is known about Fer­rante her­self; there are thoughts that her name may in fact be a nom de plume, which adds a layer of in­trigue. This is also a lovely gift for one’s own bril­liant friends.

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