The Story of the Lost Child
Book 4, Neapolitan Novels - Neapolitan Novels, Book Four
Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein
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Soon to be an HBO series, book four in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted epic by one of today's most beloved and acclaimed writers, Elena Ferrante, “one of the great novelists of our time.” (Roxana Robinson, The New York Times)
Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery uncontainable Lila. In this book, life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief.
Ferrante is one of the world’s great storytellers. With the Neapolitan quartet she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come.
From Publishers Weekly
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Couldn't put them down!!!!
This series of 4 books by Elena Ferrante described female relationships in such precise and insightful terms that I identified with every relationship. Best friends, mother/daughter relationships, jealousy's, pain, love, disappointment, competition, anger, hope, etc... I started the first book and couldn't stop reading until I finished the last. Bravo, truly gripping.
Rivals Tolstoy both in its depiction of the forces that toss us around in life and in its psychological acuity. These are the first novels of the 21st Century certain to survive it.
I read each and every one of the 4 books. I just finished the 4th. I'm so sad they are over. I loved her story telling and how she brings the characters to life. Yes, I will read everything else Elena Ferrante has written.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Sep 01, 2015
- Publisher: Europa
- Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
- Print Length: 480 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 4, Neapolitan Novels