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Portland Press Herald's Fall Arts Preview: Good Reads to Get Cozy with This Fall: THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD

Date: Aug 30 2015

“The Story of the Lost Child.” By Elena Ferrante. Translated by Ann Goldstein. Europa Editions. Sept. 1. 464 pages. Paperback. $18

Elena Ferrante has written a masterpiece in four volumes, called the Neapolitan Novels. Spanning decades, it’s the saga of the lives of and friendship between two brilliant girls who grow up together in a neighborhood on the periphery of postwar Naples Italy. For readers of the first three books, “My Brilliant Friend,” “The Story of a New Name” and “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay,”the publication of this final volume couldn’t be more welcome. For those who haven’t yet read any of the books, the pleasure of reading the entire story without interruption shouldn’t be missed.