The Story of a New Name Lib/E

Elena Ferrante (Author) Hillary Huber (Read by)
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The Story of a New Name follows Elena Ferrante's critically acclaimed My Brilliant Friend, featuring Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties, and marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. These young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times while driving 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 sometimes cruel price that this passage exacts.

Product Details

Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
May 05, 2015
6.9 X 2.0 X 6.1 inches | 1.05 pounds
Compact Disc
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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. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.

Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an Earphones Award winner, and an AudioFile Best Voice. She has recorded over three hundred titles spanning many genres and holds a bachelor's degree in English literature. A voracious reader and listener, she was raised in Connecticut and Hawaii but now splits her time between California and New York.
ANN GOLDSTEIN is an editor at The New Yorker. She has translated the works of many of Italy's most prominent writers, including Elena Ferrante, Primo Levi, Giacomo Leopardi, Aldo Buzzi, and Alessandro Piperno.


Ferrante's gift for recreating real life stems as much from the quiet, unhurried rhythm of her writing as from the people and events she describes.

-- "New York Times"

Imagine an angry Jane Austen, and you'll get a sense of what it's like to plunge into Ferrante's ongoing tale about Lila and Elena, two Neapolitan women in the 1960s who marry, fall in love, and slowly suffocate from the pressure of it all.

-- "Boston Globe"

Ferrante's writing is captivating and insightful.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

Ferrante masterfully combines Elena's recollections of events with Lila's point of view...The women's fraught relationship and shifting fortunes are the life forces of this poignant book.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

A beautifully written portrait of a sometimes difficult friendship.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"