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Women's paths diverge in Elena Ferrante's epic 'Those Who Leave'
Women's paths diverge in Elena Ferrante's epic 'Those Who Leave'

I first encountered Elena Ferrante's fierce, singular voice in her second novel, "The Days of Abandonment," an unrelenting exploration of a woman whose husband has left her. In her newest novel, "Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay," the third of her quartet of "Neapolitan novels," we come up for air. Centered on the friendship between Elena Greco, the protagonist, and Lila Cerullo, her childhood friend, "Those Who Leave" seamlessly braids those same urgent domestic concerns with the volatile political landscape of Italy in the late '60s and early '70s. ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post said that Elena...

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