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“Ferrante is a specialist in composure.”

Author: Elaine Blair
Newspaper, blog or website: The New York Review of Books
Date: Sep 3 2020

“Ferrante is a specialist in composure: the drama of achieving, losing, feigning, and regaining composure is central to her work. More importantly, the role of anger in her characters’ lives is complex and ambiguous; even in a time of interest in politically powerful feminist anger, Ferrante’s books can quickly still any simple impulse to celebrate women’s fury...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. Not unlike an offspring, actually, which is appropriate for a novel that is essentially about being second generation.”

Read the full review in The New York Review of Books.

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