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The Days of Abandonment - Elena Ferrante

The Days of Abandonment

By: Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)

Paperback | 10 September 2012

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From the New York Times-bestselling author of My Brilliant Friend, this novel of a deserted wife's descent into despair-and rage-is "a masterpiece" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

The Days of Abandonment is the gripping story of an Italian woman's experiences after being suddenly left by her husband after fifteen years of marriage. With two young children to care for, Olga finds it more and more difficult to do the things she used to: keep a spotless house, cook meals with creativity and passion, refrain from using obscenities. After running into her husband with his much-younger new lover in public, she cannot even refrain from assaulting him physically.

In a "raging, torrential voice" (The New York Times), Olga conveys her journey from denial to devastating emptiness-and when she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.

"Intelligent and darkly comic." -Publishers Weekly

"Remarkable, lucid, austerely honest." -The New Yorker

Industry Reviews
"* "I could not put this novel down. Elena Ferrante will blow you away." - Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones * "It's popularity is understandable since both its emotional and carnal condor are so potent." - Janet Maslin, New York Times * "Ferrante's theme has seldom received such close scrutiny in literary fiction... an elegant novel." - New York Times Book Review * "She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years." - Corriere della Sera (Italy) * "Ferrante dissects the personal microcosm so well, and with awesome lucidity and precision shows us the meanderings of a woman's mind, the suffering that accompanies being abandoned, and the awful rumbling of time passing." - El Mundo (Spain) * "Elena Ferrante has given us a startlingly beautiful novel of exceptional and bold strength." - Il Manifesto (Italy)"

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