A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's mostacclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, andgenerous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.The story begins inthe 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples.Growing up on these tough streets, the two girls learn to rely on each otherahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow and as their paths repeatedlydiverge and converge Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respectivedestinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise theembodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of thesetwo women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country asit is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationshipbetween her protagonists.With My Brilliant Friend,the first in a series, Ferrante proves herself to be one of Italy's greatest storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner,abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans andwin new readers to her work.