This morning I posted an excerpt from a book I am reading by Italian writer Elena Ferrante. Now I’ve just read the excerpt above from an interview with the writer which appeared as part of The Financial Time’s “Women of 2015” feature. Ferrante, I learned, is a pen name and no photos of the anonymous writer exist.
Although the characters in the book I am reading are still children, I can already sense Ferrante’s unromantic, realistic view of motherhood. A view I fully share.
Motherhood is amazing, sure, but it is also unbelievably difficult and lonely. The more so because there is no fair warning. Hopefully Ferrante’s books will give more girls a heads up.