Book Club: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Book club: my brilliant friend by elena ferrite

Henpicked’s book of the month for January 2019…

Book club: my brilliant friend by elena ferriteThank you for all your book reviews, interesting discussion about Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG – it was a good read. And we agree with Carol about getting used to the Americanisms.

If you haven’t shared your thoughts yet, please do join in the conversation at the bottom of the article on Disqus. What did you think of it? Would you recommend it to a friend? We know some of us haven’t finished yet but we’d still like to hear from you.

For this month we’ve chosen My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. A book that’s been translated from Italian and is now a series in its original language with subtitles. Well worth watching if you haven’t yet.

Here are the reviews:

“One of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory.”
Megan O’Grady, Vogue

“Amazing! My Brilliant Friend took my breath away. If I were president of the world I would make everyone read this book. It is so honest and right and opens up heart to so much. Reading Ferrante reminded me of that child-like excitement when you can’t look up from the page, when your eyes seem to be popping from your head, when you think: I didn’t know books could do this!”
Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge

“Elena Ferrante may be the best contemporary novelist you’ve never heard of.”
The Economist

“Ferrante’s freshness has nothing to do with fashion…it is imbued with the most haunting music of all, the echoes of literary history.”
The New York Times Book Review

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We hope you enjoy it!

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Just like last month, we’ll let our book club subscribers have some key points about the book to think about throughout the month and in the meantime, enjoy!

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We welcome you all and remember there is no right or wrong with reading – everyone’s opinion counts.

Happy reading!!