May 11, 2021

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

I am not a professional book critic, and thank the gods for that, because books like Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend make me feel like I’m really not all that good at it. This is one of those times I want to say, “Just go read it,” and peace out.

But… I’ll try.

It’s the prose. It’s all those commas. It’s Naples. It’s Lila and Lenù. It’s the mystery of Elena Ferrante’s true identity, and how many people have tried very, very hard to figure out who really wrote these books.

I loved it. I love how immersed I am in this world. I love how I feel when I’m in it; I’ve stayed up past my bedtime every night this week because I’ve been so reluctant to leave it. I’m already into Book 2 of the Neapolitan Series and will most definitely finish all 4, probably in the next couple of months.

This is also a friendly reminder not to forget about all those great books you have sitting on your to-read list. 👀 📚 🤓

Samantha Pollack

About Sam

Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work. 

She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.

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