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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Newspaper: The New York Times
Date: Mar 29 2017

Devotees of Elena Ferrante should check out the latest piece in the puzzle of her identity: a novel by Domenico Starnone, “Ties,” that offers a response to her early work “Days of Abandonment.” Bonus: “Ties” is translated from the Italian by the Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, who also provides a captivating introduction.

The husband of the woman who has been identified as Elena Ferrante offers an emotionally powerful novel about a fraying marriage that is a sort of sequel to Ferrante’s “Days of Abandonment.” Lahiri provides a fluid translation and a brilliant introduction explaining her own preoccupation with the book.