"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”
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- Akbar Ahmed chair of Islamic studies at American University
- Kate Lehrer author, most recently of "Confessions of a Bigamist."
- Susan Tolchin professor of Public Policy at George Mason University
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