My Brilliant Friend

brilliant_friendElena Ferrante

Set near Naples Italy, in the fifties, this is the story of two girls from the same poor, working class neighborhood, who become friends and grow to teenagehood in this first book of four. Even though they are both excellent students, one will pursue her studies while the other will have to stop and help out with the family business. Their lives evolve, their dreams and their friendship change, one will get married at sixteen. Four or five families are set in motion and their lives entertwine in very dramatic and empassioned moments.