Monday, October 24, 2016
Those Who Leave and those Who Stay: Book Three of the Neapolitan Novels / Elena Ferrante, trans. Ann Goldstein, 418 p.
Meanwhile Lila, the one who stays, (stays in Naples, stays in the working class, etc.) leaves her husband Stefano and sets up a more peaceful household with her small son and Enzo, a childhood friend of both of the women.
The focus in this novel is on Elena and her struggles as a young mother and emerging artist, and it drags a bit as a result. Lila is the magnetic, strange, self-destructive heart of the story, and I found I couldn't wait to get back to her story. Happily, the fourth and final novel delivers plenty of Lila, as the two women's lives become deeply enmeshed once again.