My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante
Contributed by Eleanor Sherer
Chapter Summaries
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Chapter Summary
Prologue

The story starts with Rino calling Elena Greco. Rino is Lina’s now-adult son. Lila went missing, and it has been two weeks since she was last see...

Childhood - Chapter 1-14

Elena and Lila meet when they are about six years of age and in a similar first grade class. They both live in an unpleasant, regular workers’ ne...

Childhood - Chapter 15-18

Because of their solid scholarly performance, when Elena and Lila finish the fifth grade, their families are informed that their girls should proce...

Adolescence - Chapter 1-7

This segment opens with a recollection from New Year’s Eve, 1958. While Elena and Lila, now aged fourteen, are going to a party in the neighborho...

Adolescence - Chapter 8-16

Elena starts her third year of middle school with an enthusiastic view on her education, currently achieving the best grades in her class. Lila, in...

Adolescence - Chapter 17-23

Elena starts high school and is scared because she hardly knows anyone. Gigliola did not progress and has started working. In addition, Elena is di...

Adolescence - Chapter 24-27

Elena ends up losing interest in Gino after seeing him mock his classmate for not understanding his schoolwork. At the same time, Marcello Solara a...

Adolescence - Chapter 28-33

Rino proposes another business deal to Lila: since their father has such a great amount of admiration for Marcello Solara, in the event that they c...

Adolescence - Chapter 34-37

On Elena’s fifteenth birthday, she is excited about the party the Sarratores and Nella will host for her. She is shocked to get a letter from Lil...

Adolescence - Chapter 38-50

After getting back to Naples, Elena starts working with Lila to avoid Marcello. Intrigued by how encouraged she was, Stefano begins buying handmade...

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