The other day, I walked into a bookstore and skimmed over the recommended reads. On one book was a note from the store owner that read, “If you give this book a chance, it will change your life.” It seemed like a huge claim for a book I’ve never heard of (I’m a big reader), so of course I had to buy it and read it immediately.
I blazed through the book, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, in a few days. Couldn’t — wouldn’t — put it down. I barely touched Instagram, I gave up completely on my favorite app Luminosity. I was on vacation, but those days were a blur of sand and Ferrante’s Italian tale of poverty, love and fear. As soon as I got back to New York, I ordered the second book (it’s a trilogy). And now the third is on its way.
I love discovering new authors and I have to admit the bookstore owner was right — Ferrante is brilliant. Have you read any of her books? Any other books you’ve read recently that you would recommend?