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Those who leave and those who stay
Those who leave and those who stay
Publication Information:
New York : Europa Editions, 2014.
Physical Description:
418 pages ; 21 cm
General Note (Repeatable):
Translation of: Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta. "Middle time"--Title page.
In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom eaders first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts of her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of mystery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to see each other by a strong, unbreakable bond.
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