The new Elena Ferrante novel, up through p.63 no spoilers

It is a thrill to be dragged into her Neapolitan world of class and romantic intrigue and family strife once again, and the book is clearly Ferrante from the get go.  Yet I have some doubts.  The plot seems more accessible and less complex, and with fewer layers to be unpeeled.  It has not yet moved out of “father-daughter cliché land.”  Every page is engrossing, but I am still looking for the surprise.

They have been so stingy with advance review copies that there are still no Amazon reviews.


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