The series has been published in this country as Europa editions, and I liked everything I saw about them except for their covers. From the covers, one would think that the four books in the Elena and Lila series are mere romance novels, and nothing could be further from the truth. I'm about to finish the first book in the series, My Brilliant Friend, and have enjoyed how Ferrante deeply explores the evolving relationship of the two young girls right up through their adolescence. These are two very well developed characters.
So...time to find Book Two. Right? Well my library system is apparently not as brilliant as Elena's brilliant friend because, while I am able to reserve the third and fourth books in the series, the Harris County library system does not own a single copy of book two. None...zero. What makes this especially frustrating is that the fourth (and final) book in the series is only just now being published and it is already available to be reserved. You would think that one of the countless librarians in the county would notice the gap caused by book two's absence. But, no; that would be asking too much.
So now I have to purchase a copy of The Story of a New Name if I want to continue the series at all. Now, I'm not against purchasing books and have purchased several thousand of them during my lifetime. It's only my lack of shelf space that is causing me to limit my purchases these days, especially for a book that is not very likely to earn some of that precious shelf space in the long run.
Oh well...now I'm off to find (I hope) a relatively inexpensive copy of the e-book.
|Third Book in the Series|
(It turns out that the e-book price is $9.99 and the price of a new paperback copy is only $10.17 - and that proves my point again about how stupid the pricing of e-books has become.)