Brilliant Friends

Please Proceed to the Nearest ExitI just read two books back to back that made me realize there is this whole genre of books with a similar form. I have read many of them over the years, but never realized what they were. I decided to call this genre Brilliant Friends books after Elena Ferrante’s magical Neapolitan Quartet and its first book My Brilliant Friend. The stories are all told by an adult woman looking back on an intense high school friendship that was formative, changing their lives in some way or another. The narrator is the more subdued friend, the quiet one, the follower who is remembering the brilliant, defiant, bold, brave and ultimately tragic friend. Tragedy can take many forms, not just death, but always, the narrator ends in a better place than the brilliant friend. Thinking about it, both the books I just read (Marlena and Please Proceed to the Exit) fit that model but not just them. There’s The Girls by Emma Cline, The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel, even All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, a mystery has the brilliant friend disappear, runaway or murder victim.

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I am wearing a new pair of overalls from NYU that I love. They actually retain some femininity – a rarity with overalls. I wanted sleeves so I bypassed the top that was made for it and added a body suit from Luxuria.

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My shoes are from ANE, lovely braided sandals for summer sands.

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Baiastice tassel earrings and necklace look great with this short cut from lock&tuft at Hair Fair 2017. My skin is from Glam Affair from Collabor88.

Clothing: NYU – Loose Denim Jumper, Fatpack (Maitreya) @ June Famished
Luxuria Confetti Bodysuit White
Shoes: A N E Shoes – Myth Sandals (Slink) @ Uber
Jewelry: Baiastice_Tassell-Azure Earrings & Necklace @ The Liaison Collaborative June
Skin: Glam Affair – Kendall ( LeLutka Applier ) America @ Collabor88
Hair: lock&tuft – envy (thiccer) @ Hair Fair 2017
Poses: aDorkable
Appliers: Luxuria Confetti Bodysuit White
.LeLutka.Cassie hairbase HUD.Set 03
Glam Affair – Kendall ( LeLutka Applier ) America
Mesh Attachments: .LeLutka.Eyes.Chloe 2.7
.LeLutka.Head.Chloe 2.7
.LeLutka.HUD.Chloe 2.7
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe V1.2.5
Slink Hands – Dynamic – Female L (anims) V1.1
Slink Hands – Dynamic – Female R V1.2
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
HUDS: Slink Ankle Lock

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