Mother Issues

Ferrante’s Unnatural Mother

(Originally posted on Three Percent 7/1/2008) “I’m an unnatural mother.” The protagonist, Leda, says of herself. In this brave and searing novel by Elena Ferrante, The Lost Daughter explores the psyche of a woman who regrets having children. Leda is a modern Italian woman. She is divorced. She is an accomplished professor. And she is…