The complete four-volume boxed set of the New York Times-bestselling epic about hardship and female friendship in postwar Naples that has sold over five million copies.
Beginning with My Brilliant Friend, the four Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante follow Elena and Lila, from their rough-edged upbringing in Naples, Italy, not long after WWII, through the many stages of their lives--and along paths that diverge wildly. Sometimes they are separated by jealousy or hostility or physical distance, but the bond between them is unbreakable, for better or for worse.
This volume includes all four novels: My Brilliant Friend; The Story of a New Name; Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay; and The Story of the Lost Child.
"Imagine if Jane Austen got angry and you'll have some idea of how explosive these works are." --The Australian
"Nothing you read about Elena Ferrante's work prepares you for the ferocity of it." --The New York Times
"An enduring masterpiece." --The Atlantic
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About the Author
Ann Goldstein has translated into English all of Elena Ferrante's books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Story of the Lost Child, which was shortlisted for the MAN Booker International Prize. She has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and is the recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award. She lives in New York.
Praise for The Neapolitan Novels
"Ferrante's Naples Quartet is anything but theater. It is the first genuine literary classic of the 21st century."--The Huffington Post
"One of modern fiction's richest portraits of a friendship."--John Powers, Fresh Air, NPR
"The Neapolitan Novels tell a single story with the possessive force of an origin myth." --Megan O'Grady, Vogue
"Elena Ferrante is one of the great novelists of our time...This is a new version of the way we live now - one we need, one told brilliantly, by a woman." --Roxana Robinson, The New York Times Book Review
"A strong sense of chiaroscuro characterises the tetralogy: the thuggish violence of the Neapolitan stradone, the political activism of the "years of lead", the corruption at every level of society."--Jane Shilling The Evening Standard (UK)