The Lying Life of Adults

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Price
$36.99
Publisher
Thorndike Press Large Print
Publish Date
Pages
497
Dimensions
5.6 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Library Binding
EAN/UPC
9781432880545

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About the Author

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), now a film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, and Paul Mescal. She is also the author of Incidental Inventions (Europa, 2019), illustrated by Andrea Ucini, Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey (Europa, 2016) 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 by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018. Ferrante's most recent novel, the New York Times bestselling The Lying Life of Adults, was published in 2020 by Europa Editions.

Reviews

INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR THE LYING LIFE OF ADULTS

"As you read, a vast panorama of characters slowly unfolds . . . a diverse and dynamic tableau of humanity. Once again, Elena Ferrante has not created a mere story but an entire world."--Il libraio (Italy)

"[The Lying Life of Adults] has the expansiveness of great literature--from Balzac to Stendhal to the always beloved Proust [. . .] It is a necessary book, which shows women that today they have the capacity to be 'truthful, fierce, compassionate, ' where Lila and Lenรน--narrowly confined within the 20th century--could not, or could only to an extent."--Il Manifesto

"[The Lying Life of Adults] is highly addictive."--Elle (Italy)

"Ferrante shows again how she is unbeatable."--The Times (UK)

"I picked up [The Lying Life of Adults] saying to myself that I would only read a few pages and then stop. Instead, I finished it all in one go, switching off my phone and withdrawing from the world. It is pure reading pleasure, brimming with Ferrante's narrative intelligence, sincere characters, and signature themes."--Nadia Terranova on Linkiesta

"Reading a novel by Elena Ferrante is like coming home, like returning to those happy childhood moments--perhaps imaginary--when we asked mom or dad to tell us the same bedtime story over and over again. From the very first sentences, The Lying Life of Adults enfolds and absorbs readers in the same way."--Vanity Fair (Italy)

"In a story where truths are revealed and constantly overturned and characters inspire in equal measure love and hatred, Ferrante's voice is at once reassuring, unsettling, mesmerizing."--La Stampa

"Like in the 'Neapolitan quartet, ' Ferrante keeps us glued to the page, in awe of her capacity to create characters that have a life-like, almost physical quality--so much so that they keep resurfacing in our mind with stunning vitality even after the book is over."--Rai Cultura

"A great novel, extremely dense and complex, to be savored page by page. [Ferrante] brings us to vertigo-inducing heights before returning us, greatly enriched, to our daily lives."--Critica Letteraria

"Elena Ferrante is uniquely able to combine complexity and readability." --Nicola Lagioia in La Stampa

"Elena Ferrante brings readers back to a world--who knows if it is autobiographical or entirely fictional--that book-after-book we have come to think of as hers. Naples is there from the start, and, most importantly, so too are the indissoluble, complex, painful bond between children and their parents."--La Repubblica

"Ferrante has managed a seemingly impossible feat for those who spent many sleepless nights captivated by the intricate lives of Lila and Lenรน she makes us forget all about those two girls . . . From the first lines of the new novel, there's only Giovanna."--Libero

"[In The Lying Life of Adults] the relationship between Giovanna and her paternal aunt Vittoria is powerful and intense."--ANSA (Italy)

"[Ferrante's] prose, deployed with almost tender wisdom, is musical and linear, and plays with atmosphere and dialogue to shed light on her characters' hearts, on their greatest hopes and burning disappointments."--Il Messaggero (Italy)

"In her signature way, Ferrante captivates the reader body and soul with a complex, layered, at times brutal novel, where once again the experience of womanhood is at the center of the story."--Players Magazine