14 Books to Combat Your Ferrante Hangover

These deliver the powerful prose, social commentary and tales of all-encompassing female friendship you've been craving.

In certain circles it was all anyone could talk about—Ferrante, Ferrante, Ferrante, like an incantation. When the last installment of the Neapolitan novels was released, I think many of us mourned their finale. Elena Ferrante’s four-volume saga centers on two extraordinarily bright friends who grow up in the violent, poverty-stricken Naples remaining after World War II. They delve completely into issues of class, ambition, equality, and, most masterfully, female friendship. They are extraordinary for a number of reasons: the powerful grasp on social issues, the clean yet explosive prose, and the display of femininity in all its messy, complex, passionate power. Soon after devouring the last volume, I ached for more Elena, more Lila, more Naples. Whether you’re searching for the bold prose, the meticulous understanding of female friendship, or the vivid description of a crime-ridden hometown and a society in flux, try one of these books to help soothe your Ferrante hangover.

 

Curated by Kyle Lucia Wu.

 

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