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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions (14 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933372427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933372426
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the author of The Days of Abandonment, which the NewYork Times called "stunning", Troubling Love, The Lost Daughter and the critically acclaimed Neopolitan Novels, which include My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child, published in September 2015. Though one of Italy's most important contemporary authors, she has successfully shunned public attention and kept her true identity concealed.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
This intense psychological novel, recently translated into English, recreates a daughter's efforts to understand her mother following her mother's mysterious death. Delia, an artist of comic strips, receives three strange phone calls from her mother just before her mother disappears on her way from Naples to Rome to visit Delia. When the body of Amalia, Delia's mother, is ultimately discovered floating near a beach, she is nude, except for a piece of designer underwear, not typical for her mother. Though she has never been close to her mother, Delia is understandably curious about the circumstances of her death, and she leaves Rome to investigate her mother's life in Naples.

Author Elena Ferrante, a pen name used by one of Italy's foremost (and most private) contemporary authors, creates haunting mysteries from the lives of ordinary people leading seemingly ordinary lives--the kinds of mysteries which always exist for family members who can never quite get inside the lives and relationships of people they think they know but whose intimate lives they have not shared. Gradually, Delia begins to realize she may be more her mother's daughter than she had realized. Dense with imagery which speaks directly to the reader's own sensibilities about family, this emotional and introspective novel is also full of ambiguities which resonate long after some of the mysteries have been solved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gossy on 24 Nov. 2013
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Intriguing and draws one in, but it is not a comfortable read. Amazingly vivid descriptions, but sometimes of places one would rather not go!
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By S Woolley on 7 Feb. 2015
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Leda, a seemingly educated stylish Italian woman , takes a summer break from her solitary university career. Within a few weeks, she faces her own history, her life decisions and the impact those had on herself and her family, while watching another mother on the edge. Inadvertently, Leda is brutally honest in confronting herself for the first time: a brilliant account of a woman who did what many dream off, who is honest yet sensitive and who is still a mystery to herself.
A tale of `what might be` in seductive language and a psychological case study for anyone willing to enter into painfully awakened self examination- brilliant and a great read!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2009
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I found it very hard to engage with this book. This tale of a Delia returning to her home town after her mother's death and discovering her mother had a secret life was interesting, however the author's preoccupation with womens' bodily functions and secretions made it a little too earthily blunt and slightly sordid for me.

The sultry heat of backstreet Naples did come through though, and combined to make an emotionally claustrophobic story that I recognised as being a great debut novel from this secretive Italian writer, but not one that I enjoyed reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thea Bennett on 16 Dec. 2014
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A really enthralling read - I felt like I was right inside the protagonist's head! Such great writing, great descriptions and characterisations!
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