What’s a good book series to read?

Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels (there are four). The novels follow the lives of two intelligent, independent, and unusual women in the turbulent and often violent city of Naples, Italy. It’s also interwoven with details on the lifestyle of the camorra, the mafia of Naples.

The books are:

  • My Brilliant Friend
  • The Story of a New Name
  • Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay
  • The Story of the Lost Child

Most recent award

Ferrante has been selected as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year for 2016.

Unusual fact

The name Elena Ferrante is a pseudonym; the writer has never appeared in public, and there has been much discussion about her identity.

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