Now we come to the very popular "Neapolitan Novels" series by Elena Ferrante (which, by the way, is a pseudonym!).
This series includes "My Brilliant Friend", "The Story of a New Name", "Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay" and "The Story of the Lost Child".
The series follows the lives of two girls, Elena Greco and Raffaella Cerullo, from childhood to adulthood and old age, as they try to create lives for themselves in a very poor area in Naples.
The books can be difficult for Italian learners because they have long and complex sentences, dialects and cultural references that might be challenging to understand.