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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, 2012

The Elena Ferrante quartet. These are not new but they are essential reading. What a pleasure you have in store if you haven’t read Ferrante. The quartet are comprised of four novels that tell the story of two brilliant women growing up in poverty in Naples. The first is My Brilliant Friend, and once you’ve finished it you will be relieved that you have three more to go. That’s how good it is.