Last-Minute Costume Idea for Booknerds: Elena Ferrante

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First: a little background. As you may be aware, no one really knows who Elena Ferrante is. Or, to clarify — we know she’s the author of the beloved and bestselling Neopolitan novels, but until recently, all we knew about her as a person was her pen name, Elena Ferrante. Her identity was a closely-held secret.

All that changed, sort of, when an Italian reporter decided to investigate. In an attempt to blow open the anonymity Ferrante had so carefully cultivated, a man named Claudio Gatti went digging and came up with what he believes is Ferrante’s true identity. For reference:

Like a lot of readers, many of our booksellers felt Ferrante ought to have been left alone. (All she wanted was some privacy — is that so wrong??) So we’ve decided it’s our duty to throw the bloodhounds off the trail. Like this:

Thus, our Halloween costume was born.

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I AM ELENA FERRANTE.
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I AM ELENA FERRANTE!
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I AM ELENA FERRANTE?
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WE ARE ELENA FERRANTE!
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I MAY OR MAY NOT BE BUT PROBABLY AM ELENA FERRANTE.
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I AM ELENA FERRANTE . . . OR AM I? (I AM.)
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WE ARE BOTH ELENA FERRANTE. DON’T EVEN ASK HOW THAT’S POSSIBLE. IT JUST IS.
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NO BIGGIE, I’M JUST ELENA FERRANTE.
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I AM ELENA FERRANTE AND THIS IS MY BLANKET.
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I AM ELENA FERRANTE, OBVIOUSLY.
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I AM ELENA FERRANTE AND I TOTALLY WROTE THIS BOOK.

Feel free to borrow the costume. All you need is a book, name tags (optional), and the confidence to say, I AM ELENA FERRANTE.

Happy Halloween!

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)