The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER. Soon to be a NETFLIX Original Series. A POWERFUL NEW NOVEL set in a divided Naples by means of ELENA FERRANTE, the New York Times best-selling writer of My Brilliant Friend and The Lost Daughter. “There’s no doubt [the publication of The Lying Life of Adults] will be the literary occasion of the year.”—ELLE Magazine Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it’s true? Is she truely changing? Is she becoming her Aunt Vittoria, a lady she hardly ever knows however whom her mother and father actually despise? Surely there is a replicate someplace in which she will be able to see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is attempting to find her mirrored image in two kindred cities that fear and loathe one any other: Naples of the heights, which assumes a masks of refinement, and Naples of the depths, an area of extra and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, however neither metropolis seems to offer solutions or escape. Named certainly one of 2016’s most influential humans with the aid of TIME Magazine and often touted as a destiny Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s maximum examine and cherished writers. With this new novel approximately the transition from early life to childhood to adulthood, Ferrante proves another time that she merits her many accolades. In The Lying Life of Adults, readers will find out any other gripping, quite addictive, and definitely unforgettable Neapolitan story.


Published in Italy in November 2019 (lovers covered up out of doors bookstores to buy their copies on the stroke of midnight), The Lying Life of Adults is the first novel from Elena Ferrante on the grounds that the very last installment of the Neapolitan quartet, the series that made her an global literary star, changed into published in 2016. Set in an upscale community in 1990s Naples, her new novel is a effective coming-of-age tale like no other.

Dutiful, bookish and sweet, Giovanna is on the cusp of puberty when she overhears her father comparing her to his unsightly sister. Used to receiving compliments, Giovanna is alarmed but curious, and regardless of her parents’ concerns, she initiates a relationship with her tempestuous Aunt Vittoria. As Giovanna learns more approximately her father’s background, she starts to peer how her dad and mom’ lies and treachery have impacted their lives as well as hers.

Giovanna travels between regions of Naples so different, they might as properly be opposing planets: from the comfortable, progressive household in which she became raised with a mundane education, including get entry to to intercourse education, to her aunt’s working-class neighborhood, that's mired in violence, faith and superstitions, all expressed within the dialect that Giovanna’s dad and mom forbade her to talk at home.

Ferrante’s potential to draw in her reader stays unparalleled, and the emotional story is properly served by way of Ann Goldstein’s clean and engaging translation. The novel simmers with overt rage in the direction of parental deception, teachers’ expectations and society’s not possible beliefs of splendor and behavior. For readers who are acquainted with Ferrante’s work, there may be tons that is recognizable: the belief that poverty can be transcended via education, the electricity of a talismanic object (on this case, a bracelet that may or may not have belonged to Giovanna’s paternal grandmother) and the absurd linkage of physical splendor with purity and goodness. There is even an unattainable man who holds the promise of escape.

But The Lying Life of Adults may be very an awful lot its own tale. Giovanna’s self-reliance and her efforts to grow to be the form of adult she has yet to fulfill will resonate with considerate readers.


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