The Story Of A New Name Book by Elena Ferrante

Praise for Elena Ferrante and The Neapolitan Novels The United States “Ferrante’s novels are intensely, violently personal, and because of this they seem to dangle bristling key chains of confession before the unsuspecting reader.” –James Wood, The New Yorker “One of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory.” –Megan O’Grady, Vogue “Amazing! My Brilliant Friend took my breath away. If I were president of the world I would make everyone read this book. It is so honest and right and opens up heart to so much. Reading Ferrante reminded me of that child-like excitement when you can’t look up from the page, when your eyes seem to be popping from your head, when you think: I didn’t know books could do this!” –Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge “I like the Italian writer, Elena Ferrante, a lot. I’ve been reading all her work and all about her.” — John Waters, actor and director “Elena Ferrante may be the best contemporary novelist you’ve never heard of”– The Economist “Ferrante’s freshness has nothing to do with fashion…it is imbued with the most haunting music of all, the echoes of literary history.” –The New York Times Book Review “I am such a fan of Ferrante’s work, and have been for quite a while.” –Jennifer Gilmore, author of The Mothers “The women’s fraught relationship and shifting fortunes are the life forces of the poignant book” — Publisher’s Weekly “When I read [the Neapolitan novels] I find that I never want to stop. I feel vexed by the obstacles–my job, or acquaintances on the subway–that threaten to keep me apart from the books. I mourn separations (a year until the next one–how?). I am propelled by a ravenous will to keep going.”–Molly Fischer, The New Yorker “[Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels] don’t merely offer a teeming vision of working-class Naples, with its cobblers and professors, communists and mobbed-up businessmen, womanizing poets and downtrodden wives; they present one of modern fiction’s richest portraits of a friendship.” –John Powers, Fresh Air, NPR.


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    “Ferrante can do a woman’s interior dialogue like no one else, with a ferocity that is shockingly honest, unnervingly blunt.”–Booklist

    “The truest evocation of a complex and lifelong friendship between women I’ve ever read.” –Emily Gould, author of Friendship

    “Elena Ferrante is the author of several remarkable, lucid, austerely honest novels . . . My Brilliant Friend is a large, captivating, amiably peopled bildungsroman.”–James Wood, The New Yorker,

    “Compelling, visceral and immediate . . . a riveting examination of power . . . The Neapolitan novels are a tour de force.”–Jennifer Gilmore, The Los Angeles Times,

    “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay surpasses the rapturous storytelling of the previous titles in the Neapolitan Novels.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “Ferrante’s voice feels necessary. She is the Italian Alice Munro.”–Mona Simpson, author of Casebook and Anywhere But Here

    “Elena Ferrante will blow you away.”–Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

    “The Days of Abandonment is a powerful, heartrending novel.”–Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Lowland

    “The Neapolitan novel cycle is an unconditional masterpiece . . . I read all the books in a state of immersion; I was totally enthralled. There was nothing else I wanted to do except follow the lives of Lila and Lenù to the end.”–Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Lowland

    “Reading Ferrante reminded me of that child-like excitement when you can’t look up from the page, when your eyes seem to be popping from your head, when you think: I didn’t know books could do this!”–Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Burgess Boys

    “Elena Ferrante: the best angry woman writer ever!”–John Waters, director

    “The feverish speculation about the identity of Elena Ferrante betrays an understandable failure of imagination: it seems impossible that right now somewhere someone sits in a room and draws up these books. Palatial and heartbreaking beyond measure, the Neapolitan novels seem less written than they do revealed. One simply surrenders. When the final volume appears–may that day never come!–they’re bound to be acknowledged as one of the most powerful works of art, in any medium, of our age.”–Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction

    “Ferrante tackles girlhood and friendship with amazing force.”–Gwyneth Paltrow, actor

    “Elena Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name. Book two in her Naples trilogy. Two words: Read it.”–Ann Hood, writer (from Twitter)

    “Ferrante continues to imbue this growing saga with great magic.”–Booklist(starred review)

    “One of Italy’s best contemporary novelists.”?–The Seattle Times “Ferrante’s emotional and carnal candor are so potent.”–Janet Maslin, The New York Times

    “Elena Ferrante’s gutsy and compulsively readable new novel, the first of a quartet, is a terrific entry point for Americans unfamiliar with the famously reclusive writer, whose go-for-broke tales of women’s shadow selves–those ambivalent mothers and seething divorcées too complex or unseemly for polite society (and most literary fiction, for that matter)–shimmer with Balzacian human detail and subtle psychological suspense . . . The Neapolitan novels offer one of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory–from the make-up and break-up quarrels of young girls to the way in which we carefully define ourselves against each other as teens–Ferrante wisely balances her memoir-like emotional authenticity with a wry sociological understanding of a society on the verge of dramatic change.” –Megan O’Grady, Vogue.