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Elena Ferrante
Ann Goldstein

The Story of a New Name: Book Two of the Neapolitan Novels

 
 
Author
Elena Ferrante. Ann Goldstein, trans.
Publisher Europa Editions  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.3 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781609451349
Pages/Publication Date 471/2013
Daedalus Item Code 59850
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(Shortlisted for 2014 Best Translated Book Award) In this second book of the series, Lila and Elena have chosen different paths into their futures. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, while Elena continues her journey of self-discovery through education. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times but can also drive them apart; each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. Yet as the two girls mature into women, both pay the price that this passage exacts. "Nothing quite like this has ever been published before," proclaimed London's Guardian newspaper about Elena Ferrante's irresistibly addictive Neapolitan novels, which chronicle the era of social upheaval in postwar Naples through the consuming, lifelong friendship of Lila and Lena. Ferrante—herself an enigma, who employs a pen name and shuns publicity—has given us an epic, brutally honest saga that explores aspects of female friendship we have rarely seen in literature.

"Ferrante continues the beautiful tale she started in My Brilliant Friend with this brilliant second book.... At 16, best friends Elena and Lila are weary of their impoverished neighborhood and its crippling traditions, but while Lila seeks to alter these circumstances through an advantageous marriage, Elena strives to leave it behind by pursuing her education. When Lila's marriage fails to help her realize her goals, she becomes increasingly spiteful, and Elena, busy with an acceptance to college, grows critical of her progressively unpredictable friend. Once reliant on one another, the girls now find themselves occupying very different spheres in the rapidly changing landscape of 1970s Naples. As circumstances alternately draw them close and push them apart, they face difficult changes in the friendship that has always been their strongest source of love and support. Ferrante's writing is captivating and insightful. She delves deeply into the character of the girls' friendship, ushering them into womanhood with an honesty that is acutely personal. Her keen grasp of emotional nuances and minutiae evokes the work of D.H. Lawrence, and the richness of her storytelling is likely to please fans of Sara Gruen and Silvia Avallone."—Booklist (starred review)

 
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