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The Story of the Lost Child

By Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein digital book - Fable

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The “stunning conclusion” to the bestselling saga of the fierce lifelong bond between two women, from a gritty Naples childhood through old age (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 
The Story of the Lost Child concludes the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila, who first met amid the shambles of postwar Italy. In this book, life’s great discoveries have been made; its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship remains the gravitational center of their lives.
 
Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet, somehow, this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief.
 
“Lila is a magnificent character.” —The Atlantic
 
“Everyone should read anything with Ferrante’s name on it.” —The Boston Globe

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Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulUnpredictableDark settingImmersive settingComing of ageHeartbreakingAbuseViolence
“So sad that it’s over but satisfied with the conclusion. Thankfully still have more of the HBO show though. This last one in particular felt especially like a journal. Lenũ really spent her whole life draining herself by being obsessed with Lila. I’ve never read another author like Elena Ferrante and I don’t know if I ever will.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingFast-pacedImmersive settingRealistic setting

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