For a while, I thought I'd settled on Winter of the World by Ken Follett, but my hardcover edition is just too heavy to read comfortably. I've added my name to the library hold list for a digital copy, but may purchase my own if the wait is too long.
Today I'm trying out:
Eliminating All the Traces
This morning Rino telephoned. I thought he wanted money again and I was ready to day no. But that was not the reason for the phone call: his mother was gone.My Brilliant Friend
"Since two tweaks ago."
"And you're calling me now?"
by Elena Ferrante
This novel is the first of Ferrante's popular Neapolitan Novels and the first few chapters are promising. Here is the goodreads summary:
A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.
The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.What do you think of the opening? Would you keep reading?
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