My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante - Conversation Starters A Brief Look Inside: Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo live in the same neighborhood and go to the same school, but their paths in life quickly diverge after middle school when Lila drops out. However, they manage to hang on to their friendship. My Brilliant Friend, a book about friendship and the bonds of childhood that can persist despite the many problems that life throws your way, explores female bonding in a patriarchal society. It touches upon the themes of repression of women, male violence, normalization of violence, poverty and its consequences, and the aftermath of World War II on the people as a whole. EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to.. Create Hours of Conversation: - Foster a deeper understanding of the book - Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups - Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately - Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancing your experience of My Brilliant Friend. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.