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My Brilliant Friend

(2012)
(The first book in the Neapolitan series)
A novel by

 
 
Now an HBO series.

Book one in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends growing up in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted family epic by Italy's most beloved and acclaimed writer, Elena Ferrante, "one of the great novelists of our time." (Roxana Robinson, The New York Times)

Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Ferrante's four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its protagonists, the fiery and unforgettable Lila, and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflictual friendship. Book one in the series follows Lila and Elena from their first fateful meeting as ten-year-olds through their school years and adolescence.

Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists.

"An intoxicatingly furious portrait of enmeshed friends," writes Entertainment Weekly. "Spectacular," says Maureen Corrigan on NPR's Fresh Air. "A large, captivating, amiably peopled bildungsroman," writes James Wood in The New Yorker.

Ferrante is one of the world's great storytellers. With My Brilliant Friend she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-4104-9116-1 / 978-1-4104-9116-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Story of a New Name (HBO Tie-In Edition)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-60945-553-3 / 978-1-60945-553-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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November 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Brilliant Friend (TV TIE-IN)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-78770-174-3 / 978-1-78770-174-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Brilliant Friend (HBO Tie-in Edition): Book 1: Childhood and Adolescence
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-60945-506-1 / 978-1-60945-506-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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November 2017 : Paperback
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Title: My brilliant friend
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 8866329290 / 978-8866329299
Publisher: E/O
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July 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-59413-993-8 / 978-1-59413-993-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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February 2015 : Australia Paperback
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book One
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-925240-00-2 / 978-1-925240-00-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Text Publishing
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September 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-60945-078-7 / 978-1-60945-078-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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Audio Editions

April 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels, Book 1)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-4830-8074-9 / 978-1-4830-8074-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: Library Edition (Neapolitan)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-4830-8072-2 / 978-1-4830-8072-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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April 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels, Book 1)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-4830-8073-0 / 978-1-4830-8073-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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December 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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December 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions
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September 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions
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