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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

By Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein digital book - Fable

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Part of the bestselling saga about childhood friends following different paths by “one of the great novelists of our time” (The New York Times).
 
In the third book in the New York Times–bestselling Neapolitan quartet that inspired the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, Elena and Lila have grown into womanhood. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of misery, ignorance, and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up for women during the 1970s. And yet, they are still very much bound to each other in a book that “shows off Ferrante’s strong storytelling ability and will leave readers eager for the final volume of the series” (Library Journal).
 
“One of modern fiction’s richest portraits of a friendship.” —NPR

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Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveUnpredictableDark settingImmersive settingRealistic settingHeartbreakingRomanticAbuse
Thinking Face“While I still have to give Elena Ferrante so much praise for how descriptive her way of writing is, I just was not engaged by this third installment. I feel so deep inside Elena’s psyche, everything is so realistic, and shocking, and honest human thoughts. But I didn’t take interest in the political plot or the decisions Elena made in the end. I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her like “can’t you see that all of these events our reflections of what happened to the women in the generation before and you know the outcome?! And that everything Pietro said about Lila is true?!?” Definitely will be finishing the series though.”
Believable charactersDescriptive writingFast-pacedRealistic settingUnsatisfying plot

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