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My Brilliant Friend

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

 
A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. 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, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a tetralogy, she proves herself to be one of Italy's great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon   

August 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: 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.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

April 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: My Brilliant Friend: Library Edition (Neapolitan)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-4830-8072-2 / 978-1-4830-8072-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

April 2015 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: 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.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

March 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

March 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

September 2012 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions
Availability: Amazon UK   


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