My Father’s Suicide and “The Days of Abandonment”

“They cut you open to get at your heart, sounds like a metaphor for something but it’s not” -Juliana Hatfield   In the The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante, narrator Olga describes her reaction to her husband of nearly two decades’ abrupt decision to abandon her and their two young children. “I couldn’t calm down. Was it possible that Mario should leave me like this, without warning? It seemed to me incredible that all of a sudden he had […]

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