Teacher Guide

My Brilliant Friend Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

My Brilliant Friend is the first of a quartet of novels by Ferrante, including The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child.

Consider other coming-of-age novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Little Women.

My Brilliant Friend explores a darker side of female friendship; compare it to lighter novels such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

Books like The Grapes of Wrath can provide comparison to poor and working-class families in America.

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