The Story of a New Name: My Brilliant Friend: Book 2
Following last year's My Brilliant Friend, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the centre of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women.
Praise for Elena Ferrante and "The Neapolitan Novels" "Everyone should read anything with Ferrante's name on it." --The Boston Globe "Ferrante's novels are intensely, violently personal, and because of this they seem to dangle bristling key chains of confession before the unsuspecting reader." --James Wood, "The New Yorker" "One of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory." --Megan O'Grady, "Vogue" "Amazing! "My Brilliant Friend" took my breath away. If I were president of the world I would make everyone read this book. It is so honest and right and opens up heart to so much. Reading Ferrante reminded me of that child-like excitement when you can't look up from the page, when your eyes seem to be popping from your head, when you think: I didn't know books could do this!" --Elizabeth Strout, author of "Olive Kitteridge" "Elena Ferrante will blow you away." --Alice Sebold, author of "The Lovely Bones" "Ferrante's emotional and carnal candor are so potent." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" "I like the Italian writer, Elena Ferrante, a lot. I've been reading all her work and all about her." -- John Waters, actor and director ""Elena Ferrante tackles girlhood and friendship with amazing force."-- Gwenyth Paltrow "Elena Ferrante may be the best contemporary novelist you've never heard of"-- "The Economist" "[Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels] don't merely offer a teeming vision of working-class Naples, with its cobblers and professors, communists and mobbed-up businessmen, womanizing poets and downtrodden wives; they present one of modern fiction's richest portraits of a friendship." --John Powers, Fresh Air, "NPR" "Ferrante's freshness has nothing to do with fashion...it is imbued with the most haunting music of all, the echoes of literary history." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Elena Ferrante's THE STORY OF A NEW NAME, book two in her Naples series. Two words. Read it." --Ann Hood, author of "The Obituary Writer" "Ferrante writes with a ferocious, intimate urgency." --Susanna Sonnenberg, author of "Her Last Death: A Memoir" ""The Days of Abandonment" is a powerful, heartrending novel." --Jhumpa Lahiri, author of "The Lowlands" "I am such a fan of Ferrante's work, and have been for quite a while." --Jennifer Gilmore, author of "The Mothers" "No one has a voice quite like Ferrante's. Her gritty, ruthlessly frank novels roar off the page with a barbed fury, like an attack that is also a defense...Imagine if Jane Austen got angry and you'll have some idea of how explosive these works are." --John Freeman, "The Australian" "The women's fraught relationship and shifting fortunes are the life forces of the poignant book" -- "Publisher's Weekly" "An engrossing, wildly original contemporary epic about the demonic power of human (and particularly female) creativity checked by the forces of history and society." "-- The Los Angeles Review of Books"
Elena Ferrante was born in Naples, Italy. She is the author of "My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, "and her previous novels"The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, "and" The Lost Daughter."