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.
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.