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'The Story of the Lost Child' is a masterful conclusion to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet

'The Story of the Lost Child' is a masterful conclusion to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet

Elena Ferrante's quartet of Neapolitan novels all contain small but thrilling acts of feminist revolt. Like the writer Mary Gaitskill, who has also written extensively about female friendship, Ferrante portrays women's lives and relationships as unsentimental and fierce. The overarching narrative is of childhood friends, Lila and Elena, who both support and threaten each other; the story spans grade school to the present and covers love affairs, unhappy marriages, motherhood and career. In "The Story of the Last Child," the fourth and final volume of this epic series, the friends reunite in Naples, confronting the violence of their childhood by seeking out the Solaras...

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