Troubling Love

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"A deeply observed, excruciatingly blunt novel."-The New Yorker

"The raging, tormented voice of the author is something rare."-The New York Times

Following her mother's untimely and mysterious death, Delia embarks on a voyage of discovery through the streets of her native Naples searching for the truth about her family. A series of mysterious telephone calls leads her to compelling and disturbing revelations ...

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Overview

"A deeply observed, excruciatingly blunt novel."-The New Yorker

"The raging, tormented voice of the author is something rare."-The New York Times

Following her mother's untimely and mysterious death, Delia embarks on a voyage of discovery through the streets of her native Naples searching for the truth about her family. A series of mysterious telephone calls leads her to compelling and disturbing revelations about her mother's final days.

This stylish fiction from the author of The Days of Abandonment is set in a beguiling but often hostile Naples, whose chaotic, suffocating streets become one of the book's central motifs. A story about mothers and daughters and the complicated knot of lies and emotions that binds them.

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Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous Italian author of Days of Abandonment returns with a daughter's attempt to unlock the mystery of her mother's death by drowning following years of domestic abuse. Days before her body washed ashore near her hometown of Naples, Amalia called her oldest daughter, Delia, now 45, with shocking news that she was with a man-not her estranged husband, a two-bit painter-then hung up, laughing. After the funeral (Amalia's husband doesn't show), Delia goes in search of the story behind the expensive new brassiere Amalia was found wearing at her death, incongruous for a poor seamstress who deliberately downplayed her good looks to avoid arousing her husband's savage jealousy. Caserta, a man who acted as Delia's father's agent as well as rival for Amalia's attention, plays a role here-and in Delia's past. In tactile, beautifully restrained prose, Ferrante makes the domestic violence that tore the household apart evident, including the child Delia's attempts to guard her mother from the beatings of her father. By the time of the denouement, Ferrante has forcefully delineated how the complicity in violence against women perpetuates a brutal cycle of repetition and silence. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Ferrante's second novel (after The Days of Abandonment) opens with the drowning death of Amalia, an aging Italian seamstress and the mother of Delia, the mid-forties narrator. Delia returns from Rome to her hometown, Naples, to make the funeral arrangements. Mysterious details about the death emerge, from Amalia's odd phone calls to Delia just days before to the anonymous calls Delia receives and her encounters with an obscenity-yelling, dirty old man. Delia embarks on a quest to find out how and why her mother died, in the process visiting people and places from her past. With the quick-paced mystery guiding the story, Delia explores her relationship with her mother, unraveling memories and secrets repressed since childhood and coming to terms with an upbringing filled with jealousy and violence. As the title indicates, Ferrante's vivid and powerful descriptions can be somewhat troubling at times, leaving the reader with a memorable sense of unease. Recommended for larger public and academic fiction collections.-Sarah Conrad Weisman, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933372167
  • Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 409,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the bestselling author of The Days of Abandonment, which the New York Times described as “stunning,” Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. Her latest novel and the first in a trilogy, My Brilliant Friend, will be available from Europa Editions on September 25, 2012.

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