"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.”
Guest Host: Steve Roberts
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- Ambassador Walter Cutler president of the Meridian International Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
- Samer Shehata assistant professor of Arab politics, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.
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