The Lying Life of Adults: A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein
A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick 2021
A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
From the author of My Brilliant Friend, a powerful new novel set in a divided Naples
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Soon to be adapted into a NETFLIX original series
“Incendiary.” – Mail on Sunday
“The most intense writing about the experiences and interior life of a girl on the cusp of adulthood that I have ever read.”-Financial Times
“An astonishing, deeply moving tale.”-The Guardian
“Modern, urgent, truthful.”-The Telegraph
Giovanna’s pretty face has changed: it’s turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Where must she look to find her true reflection and a life she can claim as her own?
Giovanna’s search leads her to two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other.
This powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by bestselling author Elena Ferrante is a singular portrayal of the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
"Modern, urgent, truthful." -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * The Telegraph * "Elena Ferrante is an expert chronicler of adolescence and its many indignities, as well as its erratic, overwhelming passions." * The Observer * "Ferrante is unbeatable at pulling you inside the mind of a teenage girl, making you see how everything that looks irrational from the outside - the moods, the silences, the jealousy, tears, fears and resentments - are utterly logical and reasonable." * The Times * "Layer by layer, piece by piece, with her customary deftness, Ferrante builds up her story, introducing new characters and bits of information, as Giovanna's once safe and sane world becomes ever more slippery.... Ferrante has a voice very much her own." * The TLS * "The most intense writing about the experiences and interior life of a girl on the cusp of adulthood that I have ever read." -- Isabel Berwick "Exquisitely moody." -- Merve Emre * The Atlantic * "Elena Ferrante is so good.... an astonishing, deeply moving tale of the sorts of wisdom, beauty and knowledge that remain as unruly as the determinedly inharmonious faces of these women." -- Lara Feigel * The Guardian * "Ferrante's page-turner talent for suspenseful storytelling and scenes teeming with vivid characters finds terrific scope ... From this gorgeous and squalid two-tier city that haunts her imagination comes another compulsive novel." -- Peter Kemp * The Sunday Times * "The accurate and evocative depiction of adolescence is also a significant factor in the fierce devotion inspired by the works of the Italian writer Elena Ferrante ... Ann Goldstein, who has translated all of Ferrante's works into English, does so again here with precision and poise." -- Miranda Collinge * Esquire * "An incendiary portrait of the volcanic currents of sex and betrayal rumbling away beneath polite society." -- Anthony Cummins * The Mail on Sunday * "Ferrante is a hypnotist." -- Frances Wilson * The Spectator * "Compulsive." -- Alex O'Donnell * The Times * "Ferrante is finally back. Her new novel, the first since her blockbusting Neapolitan Quartet finished, takes us back to Naples." * The Times * "The Lying Life of Adults simply enriches a magnificent canon which began with Troubling Love nearly 30 years ago. There's not a weak page, let alone a weak novel, among the eight to date." -- David Nice * The Arts Desk * "The Lying Life of Adults has the magnitude of great literature - from Balzac to Stendhal to the always beloved Proust. It is a necessary book." * Il Manifesto *
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