The Story of a New Name
Book 2, Neapolitan Novels - Neapolitan Novels, Book Two
Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein
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Book Two in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet
In 2012, Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend introduced readers to the unforgettable Elena and Lila, whose lifelong friendship provides the backbone for the Neapolitan Novels. The Story of a New Name is the second book in this series. With these books, which the New Yorker's James Wood described as "large, captivating, amiably peopled...a beautiful and delicate tale of confluence and reversal," Ferrante proves herself to be one of Italy's most accomplished storytellers. She writes vividly about a specific neighborhood of Naples from the late-1950s through to the current day and about two remarkable young women who are very much the products of that place and time. Yet in doing so she has created a world in which readers will recognize themselves and has drawn a marvelously nuanced portrait of friendship.
In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her enterée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. Love, jealousy, family, freedom, commitment, and above all friendship: these are signs under which both women live out this phase in their stories. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, and the pressure to excel is at times too much for Elena. Yet the two young women share a complex and evolving bond that is central to their emotional lives and is a source of strength in the face of life's challenges. In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, the acclaimed author of The Days of Abandonment, gives readers a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
If Lila is Elena's alter ego, then she occupies her darker self. The vacation on Ischia in volume two, which Ferrante presents with microscopic detail, reveals a destructive and malevolent Lila. Yet she still manages to win the reader's sympathy (not to mention the narrator Elena's) because of her uncompromising desire to lead a meaningful life amidst the backward even brutish society in which she is trapped.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Sep 03, 2013
- Publisher: Europa
- Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
- Print Length: 480 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, Neapolitan Novels