This is the third novel in the Neapolitan quartet by the elusive Italian author, Elena Ferrante (elusive because her identity remains a mystery). Although there are 4 books in the series, Ferrante considers it to be “a single novel”. The series is characterized as a coming-of-age story and recounts the complicated friendship between the main character, Elena Greco, and Lila Cerullo, who became childhood friends in a poor neighbourhood in Naples, Italy during the 1950s (see Book 1: My Brilliant Friend). This third book continues their story as Elena, now in her 60s, recounts memories from her and Lila's life during adulthood, such as her milestones of marriage, pregnancy, and the birth of her children, all amidst the turbulence of political and social unrest in Italy.

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