The Story of the Lost Child - Maturity: Chapters 17-24 Summary & Analysis

Elena Ferrante
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In Chapter 17, Elena finds that leaving the girls with the Airotas is a necessary evil. She travels often and leaves them. Because her relationship with her sister-in-law is still stable, she spends some time with her. She sees Franco again. She asks the girls where they want to live, and they say with the Airotas.

Chapter 18 opens with Elena’s statement that it takes two years to wrestle her career into a place where she can mother her girls again. Her books are published and republished despite Adele’s attempt to block their successes. Lila tries to track Elena across Italy by calling the Airotas and even Nino and Nino’s wife. Nino finally has to find Elena to tell her that Carmen needed her; with Pasquale still at large and his former love, Nadia Galiani, safe and free, Elena must use...

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