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My Brilliant Friend

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Translation of: L'amica geniale.
"Book one : childhood, adolescence."
Prologue : eliminating all the traces -- Childhood : the story of Don Achille -- Adolescence : the story of the shoes.
Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.

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Perfect Book submitted by priya3311 on December 29, 2015, 5:18am Another brilliant book by Elena. Love you!



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Italian Teenage Girl Angst submitted by ekjensen on August 6, 2016, 2:00pm It you enjoy tween girl anxiety, and her trials and tribulations of a small minded emotional family life and neighborhood in the middle school and high school years in Naples you will like this book. This reader found it tedious and difficult for a male perspective.

Insights into relationships submitted by magdales on June 19, 2017, 8:54pm The first time I tried to read this novel, I was discouraged by the style. But I gave it a second chance, mainly because my book club chose it. And I got sucked in. The narrator is a teen girl growing up in a working class, gritty Neapolitan neighborhood. She struggles to keep up with her best friend and to define herself on her own terms. Her friend, Lila, oscillates between being caring and cruel. Reading this made me reflect about my own friendships, mainly some who have lasted years and have been by rivalries.

Difficult characters submitted by mariekakaye on August 14, 2017, 8:25am Everyone just raves about this series, and it sounded like something I'd get into. Although aspects of the story are definitely intriguing, I find the two main characters incredibly difficult to get attached to - they are both so incredibly self-absorbed and unlikable! Even though I feel we should at least be aligning ourselves with the narrator, she gets very little sympathy from me. In spite of this, I have moved on to the second book in the series. I'm finding it hard to continue though, and may give up altogether. I keep waiting for some redeeming moment to show that these characters grow beyond their narcissism.

Hard to get through submitted by srdaly on June 13, 2020, 2:58pm I found this hard to get through the pages. I liked the story, but there was so much detail and what seemed to be such a slow pace, I struggled to finish.

Finally a book about female friendship submitted by hjshill on July 23, 2021, 6:51pm I really treasure this series for its ability to portray the complex relationship between Lenu, Lila, and their neighborhood. This book captures the depth and flaws of its characters and thoughtfully explores ideas about memory and history.

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SERIES
The Neopolitan novels
1.


PUBLISHED
New York : Europa Editions, 2012.
Year Published: 2012
Description: 331 p. ; 21 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781609450786
1609450787

ADDITIONAL CREDITS
Goldstein, Ann, 1949-

SUBJECTS
Friendship -- Fiction.
Naples (Italy) -- Fiction.