My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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 trilogy, 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.

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The 771st greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 11th on The 100 best books of the 21st century (The Guardian)
  2. - 15th on The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels (BBC)
  3. - The Best Fiction Books of the 2010s (Time)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition 1232 2012
My Brilliant Friend by Ferrante, Elena Original Edition (9/25/2012) Paperback 4218561 $38.27 $23.14
By Elena Ferrante - Story of a New Name, The : My Brilliant Friend Book 2 (Neapolitan Novels) (8/13/13) Paperback 1037052 $11.20 $10.76 2013
The Story of a New Name: A Novel (Neapolitan Novels, 2) Paperback 25660 $4.01 $1.49 2013
My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1 Audible Audio Edition 406 $14.95 2015
La amiga estupenda [My Brilliant Friend]: Dos amigas, no. 1 Audible Audiobook 59675 $16.53 2018
My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan) Paperback 476 $8.10 $10.27 2012
[The Story of a New Name: Book 2: My Brilliant Friend] (By: Elena Ferrante) [published: September, 2013] Unknown Binding 8559796 $11.04 $7.65 2013
The Neapolitan Novels: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay & The Story of the Lost Child: The Complete BBC Radio Collection Audible Audiobook 18023 $19.08 2019
The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Novels, Book Two Kindle Edition 25740 2013
The Story Of A New Name (Thorndike Basic) Hardcover 1339820 $25.94 $12.99 2016
La amiga estupenda (Dos amigas 1)/ My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One (Spanish Edition) Paperback 16569960 $19.95 2016
My Brilliant Friend (TV TIE-IN) Paperback 337847 $13.26 $10.72 2018
The Neapolitan Novels: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child: The Complete BBC Radio Collection Audio CD 4369661 $21.52 $14.98 2019