The Story of a New Name

By Elena Ferrante; Ann Goldstein (Translator)
(Europa Editions, Paperback, 9781609451349, 471pp.)

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

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Description
The second book, following last year's "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.



About the Author
Elena Ferrante, author of "The Days of Abandonment", "Troubling Love", and "My Brilliant Friend", among others, is one of Italy s most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. Her true identity is unknown.

Ann is Senior Curator, The Museum of Contemporary of Art.


NPR
Monday, Nov 4, 2013

Bound by the confines of gender and finances, two young women take divergent paths in Elena Ferrante's The Story of a New Name, the second book in her "Neapolitan Novels" trilogy. Critic John Powers believes the bold, expansive series to be semi-autobiographical, a revelation from a secretive author who won't reveal her true name. More at NPR.org

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