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Troubling Love

By Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein
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Publisher Description

A woman goes home to Naples after her mother’s mysterious death in a “tour de force” by the New York Times–bestselling author of My Brilliant Friend (Seattle Times).
Following her mother’s untimely and unexplained drowning, which was preceded by a series of strange phone calls, forty-five-year-old Delia leaves Rome and embarks on a voyage of discovery through the beguiling yet often hostile streets of her native Naples. She is searching for the truth about her family and the men in her mother’s life, past and present, including an abusive husband. What she discovers will be more unsettling than she imagines, but will also reveal truths about herself, in this psychological mystery marked by “tactile, beautifully restrained prose” (Publishers Weekly) about mothers and daughters and the complicated knot of lies and emotions that binds them.
“Ferrante’s polished language belies the rawness of her imagery.” —The New Yorker
“With the quick-paced mystery guiding the story, Delia explores her relationship with her mother, unraveling memories and secrets repressed since childhood and coming to terms with an upbringing filled with jealousy and violence . . . Troubling Love is vivid and powerful.” —Library Journal

59 Reviews

“Update 10/01/2023 You can find my reviews at http://anodetofiction.com/ .| Subscribe to my https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAqZvM-YRO1wH-g4yfNCQYA 2/5 ⭐️ “How many things pass through time randomly detached from the bodies and voices of persons. My mother knew the art of making clothes last forever.” Troubling Love is a dark reflection of a daughter on the death of a mother through investigation and horrible accounts from the people around her. When I picked up this book I didn't know what to expect. Reading an Elena Ferrante book it was best to go into it blind. I've read a couple of Ferrante's books and the common feeling that emanates from her books is intense dramatic moments. Troubling Love is Ferrante's earlier books and it is evident in the writing that Ferrante haven't fully developed her style. The rhythm and pacing of the book is messy and the story is even messier. The premise and plot was unpredictable in the worse way possible. I see glimpses of Ferrante in her prime i.e My Brilliant Friend throughout the book but it was in bits and pieces. The disturbing and shocking accounts by the disgusting men in the story didn't have enough foundation and felt like a crazy man screaming into the night unlike in Ferrante's other books. At least in Ferrante's later books it is clear why these men said or did what they said or did. Definitely do not read this book if you are getting into Elena Ferrante, definitely read My Brilliant Friend or The Days of Abandonment first.”

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