The Lying Life of Adults

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5.2 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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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.

Ann Goldstein, the editor of The Complete Works of Primo Levi and the award-winning translator of Elena Ferrante's novels, is a former editor at The New Yorker.

"What a relief it is when an author who has written a masterpiece returns to prove the gift intact."--The New York Times Book Review

"Reads like a distillation of adolescence itself."--Vogue

"Suspenseful and propulsive...Explores some of the writer's touchiest preoccupations."--The New York Times

"Ferrante once again, with undiminished skill and audacity, creates an emotional force field that has at its heart a young girl on the brink of womanhood."--Wall Street Journal

"Giovanna's fate, containing elements both expected and unexpected, makes her one of this year's most memorable heroines."--The Boston Globe

"Will leave the reader as shaken and invigorated as it does its young protagonist."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This is classic Ferrante, better than ever [...] Great stuff."--The Toronto Star

"The Lying Life of Adults affirms that Ferrante is an oracle among authors, writing literary epics as illuminating as origin myths, explaining us to ourselves."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"A marvelously disconcerting novel of disillusionment."--The Atlantic

"A glorious story about the liminal space between childhood and adulthood...A study of the meaning of refinement, beauty and what truth even means."--Good Housekeeping

"This transportive new book is a must read."--Condé Nast Traveler

"A bracing reminder of the complexity of class and of the variegated ways in which human beings process what they lack and decide to fill that void."--The Nation

"At times hilarious and gut-wrenching, Ferrante's novel breaks down society's impossible ideals of beauty and behavior."

"A clear-eyed, evocative reminder that the terrain of adulthood is as fraught as the darkest corners of Naples."--Seattle Book Review

"As slinky and scowling as a Neapolitan cat."--Annalisa Quinn, NPR

"Ferrante returns to the splendid squalor of Naples in this cutting and cunning bildungsroman."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"[Ferrante's]characters have wide-spanned souls and so does Naples, exuding the smells of the sea and gasoline and baking crust."--Los Angeles Times