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Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008) and the Neapolitan Quartet (Europa 2012-2015). She is also the author of a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night.

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Elena Ferrante, author of the highly-acclaimed Neapolitan series, is writing a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper’s weekend magazine, to be translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.
In discussing Alice Sebold’s new book, which is fascinating and brilliantly original, I’ll try to reveal only what Helen Knightly herself, the first-person narrator, says in the first line...
If you are looking for uplifting bromides about the intimate mother-daughter bond, do not look to Elena Ferrante's novels. This superb and scary...
In this brutally frank novel of maternal ambivalence, the narrator, a forty-seven-year-old divorcée summering alone on the Ionian coast, becomes obsessed with a beautiful young mother who seems...

Latest reviews

  • “Ferrante keeps us teetering with anticipation of change as we read page after page of Elena’s ruthless psychological insights, and witness her pathological excavation of her feelings."
    — Los Angeles Review of Books, Jul 29 2017
  • “Ferrante Fever is coming to HBO.”
    — New York Times, Mar 30 2017
  • “To be a woman is to live in a state of flux. At her wisest, Ferrante’s writing reverses literary tradition so that it’s the experience of being a woman that becomes the universal.”
    — Dissent Magazine, Feb 14 2017
  • The Neapolitan Novels have been included in a list of “15 Great Books on Female Friendship” in Signature Reads.
    — Signature Reads, Feb 10 2017
  • "Not for the faint of heart, this novel is a masterpiece of the inner workings of the mind of a woman. 5 stars."
    — KWBU, Feb 9 2017
  • “By the end of 2016, this exceptional book had proved to be one of most controversial literary books of the year.”
    — The Buffalo News, Jan 27 2017
  • “Whether she’s writing a letter that she’ll never send or answering questions for a ‘Paris Review’ interview, Ferrante is unsentimental and thrillingly blunt. There is no one like her.”
    — Charleston Post and Courier, Jan 1 2017
  • “[Ferrante] can talk about politics, history, philosophy, sexuality, loneliness, and I willingly go with her, without ever questioning it. I don’t know any [other] writer who can do that for me.”
    — San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 29 2016
  • The Days of Abandonment was named a #BrazosBest of 2016 Brazos Bookstore!
    — Brazos Bookstore, Dec 20 2016
  • The Los Angeles Times named FRANTUMAGLIA one of the ten most important books of 2016!
    — Los Angeles Times, Dec 16 2016
  • “[Ferrante] truly does capture the complexity of female friendships and quiet violence of being female better than almost any writer I’ve read before.”
    — Jezebel, Dec 15 2016
  • Frantumaglia was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by the National Post!
    — The National Post, Dec 7 2016
  • "It's a wispy and weird little tale that feels familiar — another Ferrante mother and daughter pair working through the complexity, cruelty and beauty of their bond."
    — NPR, Dec 6 2016
  • "...[an] unnerving little gem."
    — Sydney Morning Herald, Dec 2 2016
  • FRANTUMAGLIA was named of the The Guardian's “Best Books of 2016”!
    — The Guardian, Nov 26 2016
  • FRANTUMAGLIA has been named one of The Times Literary Supplement's 2016 Books of the Year!
    — The Times Literary Supplement, Nov 23 2016
  • THE BEACH AT NIGHT was named one of The Times Literary Supplement's 2016 Books of the Year!
    — The Times Literary Supplement, Nov 23 2016
  • “...her intellect isn’t cold, her application of theory isn’t done objectively—the women that populate her novels are not merely flat, fictional objects to Ferrante, rather they’re real and visceral (‘the word is always flesh’).”
    — Jezebel, Nov 22 2016
  • “Even without having read the entirety of Ferrante’s oeuvre, a reader will thrill to learn in more depth of certain themes that haunt her.”
    — Book Reporter, Nov 18 2016
  • “[FRANTUMAGLIA] is an intimate history of her progress between one book and the next; an invitation to sit at her desk and to see as she sees the work she does with words...Elena Ferrante’s words, however, will last as long as there are readers who love them.”
    — The Times Literary Supplement, Nov 16 2016


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