RaveThe New York Times Book Review...the leanest, most understated and emotionally powerful novel by Domenico Starnone ... TiesThe Days of Abandonment, in other ways an interlocking puzzle piece or another voice in a larger conversation ... in Ties, no one has the last word. All the different truths are set before us, each given its due, each character fully realized, with the empathy and insight of a gifted novelist. Starnone’s prose here is highly skilled without calling attention to itself. In this novel, unlike some of his others, the cleverness doesn’t obstruct the emotional impact ... I cannot think of two novelists writing today whose recent books are in such clever and complicit conversation as those of Starnone and Ferrante.
Those Who Leave and Those Who StayElena Ferrante
RaveThe New York Review of BooksFerrante’s Naples books are essentially about knowledge—its possibilities and its limits. Intellectual knowledge, sexual knowledge, political knowledge. What kind of knowledge does it take to get by in this world? How do we attain that knowledge? … To those of us fully entangled in the Ferrante universe, participants in this Greek chorus, who have come to care about these characters as much as we care about some people in our actual lives, to those of us who have come to scrutinize the world and ourselves all the more intensely for having read these unforgettable books, her latest report could not have arrived soon enough.