For our next Book Club, we’re going back in time to 1950s Naples

Book club members had an interesting discussion of My Promised Land over lunch, with insightful comments added by other Arrangements Abroad staff coming in and out of the kitchen.  The book raises lots of challenging and fascinating points about modern Israel and its history.

My Brillaint Friend coverOur next pick is My Brilliant Friend  by Elena Ferrante.  We will most likely not meet to discuss it until January, so happy reading through the holidays!  If you love it, maybe you will already be into one of the sequels by then (it is a four-book series).

About the Book:

The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets 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.


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