The Neapolitan Novels

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 185 ratings

My Brilliant Friend Publisher's Summary

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship. 

The story begins in the 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 other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow - and as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge - Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between 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 listeners a masterfully plotted pause-resister, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations - a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new listeners to her work.

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  • Book 1

    • My Brilliant Friend

    • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
    • Written by: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Real Surprise.

    • By Laurie Hoyda on 2018-09-14

    Price: CDN$ 32.38

  • Book 2

    • The Story of a New Name

    • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 2
    • Written by: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 31

    The Story of a New Name follows Elena Ferrante's critically acclaimed My Brilliant Friend, featuring Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their 20s, and marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile Elena continues her journey of self-discovery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent.

    • By Sesto Vespa on 2019-05-19

    Price: CDN$ 37.01

  • Book 3

    • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

    • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 3
    • Written by: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom were first introduced in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finished the third out of 4. Fantastic!

    • By Marina Bolletta on 2019-04-14

    Price: CDN$ 32.38

  • Book 4

    • The Story of the Lost Child

    • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4
    • Written by: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32

    Here is the dazzling saga of two women: the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; many of life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up - a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book is rhythmic! Poetic! Sensual !

    • By anne verner on 2018-09-13

    Price: CDN$ 37.01