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The Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels #2)

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Publisher Comments:

The second book, following last years My Brilliant Friend, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the cruel price that this passage exacts.

Review:

"The second in a trilogy, book two rejoins narrator Elena Greco and her 'brilliant friend' Lina Cerullo as they leave behind their claustrophobic Italian girlhood and enter the tumultuous world of young womanhood with all its accompanying love, loss, and confusion. Against the backdrop of l960s/70s Naples, the previously inseparable girls embark on diverse paths. At 16, Lila has married the prosperous local grocer, Stefano Carraci, only to discover at their wedding reception that he has already betrayed her and damned their union. Conversely Elena has chosen education, a less traditional route to free her from the stultifying village life. Lina asks Elena to hide a box of notebooks from her husband. Instead, she dumps them in the river but not without first reading them. Ferrante masterfully combines Elena's recollections of events with Lila's point of view as documented in her notebooks to drive the narrative. The women's fraught relationship and shifting fortunes are the life forces of this poignant book." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Everyone should read anything with [Elena Ferrante's] name on it." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Ferrante's writing has no limits, is willing to take every thought forward to its most radical conclusion and backward to its most radical birthing." James Wood, The New Yorker

About the Author

Elena Ferrante is one of Italy's best-known least-known contemporary writers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609451349
Author:
Ferrante, Elena
Publisher:
Europa Editions
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Neapolitan Novels
Publication Date:
20130903
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 480 pages Europa Editions - English 9781609451349 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The second in a trilogy, book two rejoins narrator Elena Greco and her 'brilliant friend' Lina Cerullo as they leave behind their claustrophobic Italian girlhood and enter the tumultuous world of young womanhood with all its accompanying love, loss, and confusion. Against the backdrop of l960s/70s Naples, the previously inseparable girls embark on diverse paths. At 16, Lila has married the prosperous local grocer, Stefano Carraci, only to discover at their wedding reception that he has already betrayed her and damned their union. Conversely Elena has chosen education, a less traditional route to free her from the stultifying village life. Lina asks Elena to hide a box of notebooks from her husband. Instead, she dumps them in the river but not without first reading them. Ferrante masterfully combines Elena's recollections of events with Lila's point of view as documented in her notebooks to drive the narrative. The women's fraught relationship and shifting fortunes are the life forces of this poignant book." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Everyone should read anything with [Elena Ferrante's] name on it."
"Review" by , "Ferrante's writing has no limits, is willing to take every thought forward to its most radical conclusion and backward to its most radical birthing."
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