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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781933372006
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

After being abruptly abandoned by her husband, Olga finds herself trapped in her apartment. In under 200 pages, Ferrante manages to capture Olga's descent into madness and the suffocating nature of her existence, literally. It's a great introduction to Ferrante's work or a perfect thing to read after you've voraciously consumed the Neapolitan series. No one treats womanhood, motherhood, domesticity, or solitude like as deftly as Ferrante. 

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By Nella Larsen, Emily Bernard (Introduction by), Thadious M. Davis (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780142437278
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

A beautiful novel by an important Harlem Renaissance author. The story centers on the reunion of two childhood friends whose lives have diverged. In telling the stories of these two women and one's experience of racial 'passing.' Larsen deftly explores changing definitions of race and gender, the performative nature of identity, and the tangled relationship of whiteness and blackness.