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Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), which was made into a film directed by Roberto Faenza, Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), adapted by Mario Martone, and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), soon to be a major motion picture directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Oscar Award-winner Olivia Colman. She is also the author of Incidental Inventions (Europa, 2019), illustrated by Andrea Ucini, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey (Europa, 2016) and The Beach at Night (Europa, 2016), illustrated by Mara Cerri. The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan quartet” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018. Her most recent novel is The Lying Life of Adults (Europa, 2020).

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Latest reviews

  • The Lying Life of Adults is desultory and meandering at times, but in this way, it mirrors the structure of the coming-of-age journey it tracks.”
    — The Seattle Times, Sep 23 2020
  • “It’s a bit like dipping into someone’s diary, only brilliantly written. / In true Ferrante style, the sentences manage to be blunt and poetic at the same time.”
    — Socialist Worker, Sep 21 2020
  • “This is a novel as intense and ferocious as it is gentle and poignant. Ferrante’s prose is lovely and frank, and her characters are nuanced and real.”
    — The Book Reporter, Sep 18 2020
  • “There is an undeniable pleasure in experiencing the world through Ferrante’s lens.”
    — The Winnipeg Free Press, Sep 12 2020
  • “Those who have loved the Neapolitan Quartet will find this novel a good counterpart with its emphasis on psychological development, the inner thoughts and quandaries of its main character(s), and the constant reliving of the past and its mistakes.”
    — Seeing the World Through Books, Sep 11 2020
  • The Lying Life of Adults is recognizably a portrait of the artist as a young woman. She has the storyteller’s power: she can tell lies that enchant and delight, rather than harm. As can Ferrante, of course.”
    — The National Book Review, Sep 10 2020
  • “Elena Ferrante’s first novel since the Neapolitan quartet masterfully evokes adolescence.”
    — The Irish Times, Sep 9 2020
  • “Ferrante renders teenage insecurities with skill and unflinching honesty.”
    — The Daily Trojan, Sep 9 2020
  • The Lying Life of Adults is an exploration of the effects of paternal and patriarchal legacies on the formation of Giovanna’s identity.”
    — Public Books, Sep 9 2020
  • “A “violent” intensity might erupt at any minute, an adolescent mood swing might hit like a tsunami, and yet the story maintains a canny and scrupulous realism. This author couldn’t be more alert to psychology’s delusions and society’s con games.”
    — The Brooklyn Rail, Sep 9 2020
  • “It’s a safe bet that the mysterious Ferrante’s new stand-alone novel, about a teenage girl scouring Naples in search of the estranged aunt with whom she allegedly bears a resemblance, will be one of the most book-clubbed books of the year.”
    — The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sep 6 2020
  • “In The Lying Life of Adults, Ms. Ferrante once again, with undiminished skill and audacity, creates an emotional force field that has at its heart a young girl on the brink of womanhood.”
    — The Wall Street Journal, Sep 4 2020
  • “Ferrante’s signature frankness about sex and the unruly female body exist alongside reflections on the unreliable stories we share about ourselves.”
    — BuzzFeed, Sep 3 2020
  • The Lying Life of Adults feels like a novel about Ferrante’s novels, a mixture of familiar elements in new and unexpected arrangements that invites a self-referential reading.”
    — The New York Review of Books, Sep 3 2020
  • “A class-conscious coming-of-age tale interpolated with glimpses into Italy’s larger sociopolitical landscape.”
    — 4 Columns, Sep 3 2020
  • “Truth and beauty are typically assumed to coexist. [Ferrante] has argued in favor of the opposite view.”
    — Ploughshares, Sep 3 2020
  • “A blistering bildungsroman...Ferrante here presents another audacious character with more story to tell.”
    — The Washington Independent Review of Books, Sep 3 2020
  • “It is a gift to write so freely about the chancy formation of identity.”
    — New Statesman, Sep 2 2020
  • “Gentility, manners, and even ideals have no power over sex, which is for Ferrante’s characters an almost ungovernable force.”
    — NPR, Sep 2 2020
  • “Few authors are as elusive yet unflinchingly, unerringly evocative as Ferrante...In The Lying Life Of Adults, she returns once more to the grit of Naples, and to the snarls and splinters of female adolescence.”
    — The Strait Times, Sep 1 2020


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