Troubling Love

Troubling Love


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Set in Naples, Italy, this debut novel by New York Times bestselling author Elena Ferrante ( My Brilliant Friend, The Days of Abandonment ) tells a story about mothers and daughters and the complicated knot of lies, emotions, and shared history than binds them.

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

As the New York Times wrote about this novel, "the raging, torrential voice of the author is something rare." Troubling Love  is indeed a rare look into the abiding preoccupations and obsessions that bring millions of readers all over the world to her fiction. 

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ISBN-13: 9781933372167
Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2006
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 269,449
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Elena Ferrante, author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and My Brilliant Friend, among others, is one of Italy's most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.

Ann Goldstein is the former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Hillary Huber is one of the most successful voice talents in Los Angeles. Recent books read for Blackstone Audio include Him, Her, Him Again, the End of Him by Patricia Marx, A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read, and A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart.

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Troubling Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DieFledermaus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I quite liked Elena Ferrante¿s The Days of Abandonment, which made its well-worn subject material ¿ a married woman who finds out her husband is having an affair ¿ seem fresh and intensely immediate. This one had some strong writing but was rather more scattered than The Days of Abandonment. The concentration that made that book so powerful was lost.This book deals with Delia who learns that her mother, recently found drowned in mysterious circumstances, had secrets of her own. She reflects on her mother¿s unhappy marriage and memories from her childhood as she numbly attempts to unravel what happened to her mother. Delia displays a distance from everything that made it hard to get into her story. While on some level she needed her mother, she felt suffocated by and cool towards Amalia, her mother. After the funeral, she discovers a number of small, odd things about how Amalia spent her final weeks. She pieces together her mother¿s relationship with a man from her past, but it occurs in a way that is both random and too-coincidental. There¿s also a lot of time spent wandering from place to place. You get a good feel for the crowded city, but often I ended up wondering how Delia had gotten to that point. It seemed that she felt that way as well.The author is at her best when describing the relationships between Delia and her mother or Amalia and her abusive husband ¿ you get a good sense of the intense push-pull felt in both relationships.