Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante

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"A deeply observed, excruciatingly blunt novel."-The New Yorker

"The raging, tormented voice of the author is something rare."-The New York Times

Following her mother's untimely and mysterious death, Delia embarks on a voyage of discovery through the streets of her native Naples searching for the truth about her family. A series of mysterious telephone calls leads her to compelling and disturbing revelations about her mother's final days.

This stylish fiction from the author of The Days of Abandonment is set in a beguiling but often hostile Naples, whose chaotic, suffocating streets become one of the book's central motifs. A story about mothers and daughters and the complicated knot of lies and emotions that binds them.

About Elena Ferrante

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Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the bestselling author of The Days of Abandonment, which the New York Times described as “stunning,” Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. Her latest novel and the first in a trilogy, My Brilliant Friend, will be available from Europa Editions on September 25, 2012.
Published September 1, 2006 by Europa Editions. 139 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Halfway through my second reading of Elena Ferrante’s “Troubling Love” — 70 more pages to go in seamy Naples — I tore the book down the middle.

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On Delia’s birthday her mother died, drowned wearing her expensive new bra, her engagement ring, and the ear-rings given to her by her estranged husband almost fifty years earlier.

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