The Story Of The Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (Free eBook), The “stunning conclusion” to the bestselling saga of the fierce lifelong bond between two women, from a gritty Naples childhood through old age (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
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The Story of the Lost Child concludes the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila, who first met amid the shambles of postwar Italy. In this book, life’s great discoveries have been made; its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship remains the gravitational center of their lives.
Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet, somehow, this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief.
Longlisted for the 2016 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE Named TIME Magazine’s #1 Book in it’s “10 Best Fiction Books of 2015” list Named one of the “10 Best Fiction Books of 2015” by The New York Times Book Review.
Named one of the “10 Best Fiction Books of 2015” by People Magazine Featured in the Wall Street Journal’s list of “15 Books to Read This Fall” Included as one of “30 blockbuster novels to look out for this fall” by Entertainment Weekly Listed as one of Publisher Weekly’s “Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2015” Included in the Kirkus list of “21 Must-read Fall books” Featured as one of the New York Times Book Review’s “100 Notable Books of 2015” Praise for The Story of the Lost Child “Dazzling…stunning…an extraordinary epic.”
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “It’s spectacular, but you will only realize how spectacular The Story of the Lost Child is if you do not cheat. You must read the three earlier (also superb) Neapolitan Novels or the perfect devastation wrought by the conclusion of this last novel will be lost on you.”–Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air “It is the exploration of the women’s mental underworld that makes the book so singular an achievement in feminist literature; indeed, in all literature.”–Joan Acocella, The New Yorker “This is Ferrante at the height of her brilliance.”–Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair “Ms. Ferrante has in fact, for more than 20 years, written about female identity with a heft and sharpness unmatched by anyone since Doris Lessing.”–The Wall Street Journal.
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About 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 film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. She is also the author of a Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey (Europa, 2016) in which she recounts her experience as a novelist, and a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night (Europa, 2016). 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 in America by Europa between 2012 and 2015. The first season of the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, directed by Severio Costanzo premiered in 2018.
Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. Her translations for Europa Editions include novels by Amara Lakhous, Alessandro Piperno, and Elena Ferrante’s bestselling My Brilliant Friend. She lives in New York.
The Story Of The Lost Child details
- Paperback | 480 pages
- 135 x 210 x 38.1mm | 505g
- 03 Sep 2015
- Europa Editions
- New York, United States