You may have encountered talk about Elena Ferrante recently? Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist whose true identity remains a mystery. Her quartet, The Neapolitan Novels, is her most popular accomplishment, and is available in our stores. The saga tells the life story of two girls in Naples in the 1950s. Starting with the challenges of violence and poverty of their homes, their friendship is maintained as they mature. Lila marries early and Elena goes to college. Each book carries their life story further, until the fourth book, when they are mature women and established in very different ways. Ferrante is acclaimed for her direct, forthright style and her eloquence regarding the nature of human relationships. This is a remarkable story of two lives, love and friendship.