An odd and perhaps even a little disturbing novel, The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante, is the tale of a divorced mother who finds herself at a loss after her two daughters move out to live with their father. So she packs her bags and goes on holiday to a small village in Italy where she encounters and befriends a young mother and her family on the beach. In the process she reminisces about the time when she herself was a young mother and about life as a small child in the care of her own mother. Haunted by decisions of her own past, she sets out to "guide" her new friend onto another path -- in the most unusual of ways.
The Lost Daughter was originally written in Italian and this version is an English translation.
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