The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Two of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels is original, compelling, and a provides insight into a complex friendship of two young women living in Naples during the mid-1960s. Lina and Elena, are intelligent and motivated students with plans to further their education. Living in poverty and in a world where men make the decisions and women comply out of custom, habit or fear, the two girls ultimately take different paths, one by decision, the other by circumstance.
This is a book that surpasses its description of the story. Ferrante writes from what must come from her own experience because it hits so close to the mark. Add to this the secrecy of the author. She does not and will not disclose any personal information. I came to the conclusion that this has to be a biographical novel. However, she might be so brilliant as to make us believe it has to be her story when, in actuality, her life is much different.
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