Don’t “Fake” Read Ferrante

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In preparation for the release of the last book of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, Electric Literature’s Emma Adler offers a comprehensive “study guide” to the previous three books. While the article is “complete with hard-to-pronounce names, flashbacks and flash-forwards, and enough plot twists to fill a season’s worth of All My Children,” Adler is carful to warn prospective Ferrante readers not to rely on the guide in lieu of reading the novelist’s earlier works, as “faking having read a Ferrante novel is probably impossible.”


Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →