I have thirty pages left in Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels series.
Do you know that feeling, when you’re simultaneously excited to finish a novel and sad to see it end? That’s where I am right now. I want to rip through those last thirty pages – but also, I want to savor every word.
This series has brought me an incredible amount of enjoyment. Ferrante’s writing is beautiful and her characters seem real; it’s hard for to imagine anyone not enjoying these books. The fourth (and, I think, final?) book in this series comes out on September 1. Which is another reason why I am sad to finish it! Waiting 20 days for the next book to be available at the library is going to be a bummer; thank goodness I have a pile of summer reading books, several feet high, waiting for me on my night table.