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A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick 2021




From the author of My Brilliant Friend, a powerful new novel set in a divided Naples




Soon to be adapted into a NETFLIX original series



Mail on Sunday


"The most intense writing about the experiences and interior life of a girl on the cusp of adulthood that I have ever read."

Financial Times


"An astonishing, deeply moving tale."

The Guardian


"Modern, urgent, truthful."

The Telegraph


Giovanna's pretty face has changed: it's turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent.


But is she seeing things as they really are?


Where must she look to find her true reflection and a life she can claim as her own?


Giovanna's search leads her to two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity.


Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other.

This powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by bestselling author Elena Ferrante is a singular portrayal of the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.

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