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August 17, 2015 03:50PM
By Ariel Stulberg


From the August issue: I am on a fiction binge right now. I am reading the “Neapolitan Novels” by Elena Ferrante.  I cannot stop reading them. I am on the third one now, called “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.” I am not sure what I will do between finishing it and the fourth one coming out this fall.

I picked up the first one, “My Brilliant Friend,” at Community Bookstore in Park Slope. There was a sign that said, “No Ferrante spoilers” and I was intrigued. They are the most incredible novels, which trace the story of the lives of two women starting in childhood in Naples in the 1950s. [more]