The Story of a New Name is an extraordinary novel about two young women, Lila and Elena, growing up in Naples in the early 1960s.
At 16 Lila marries the shopkeeper Stefano. She is filled with pleasure at her new wealth and horror at the life she has chosen.
Elena’s own attempts at romance seem to be sabotaged by Lila’s turbulent affairs. As she tries to plot her way out of poverty via academic and literary success, her constant anxiety is that she is just a shadow of the brilliant Lila.
The sequel to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the enthralling chronicle of a friendship that is obsessive, loving, complicated, hurtful, enduring and constantly startling. It is an exhilarating experience.
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"Ferrante’s writing has no limits, is willing to take every thought forward to its most radical conclusion and backward to its most radical birthing." (The New Yorker)
"Elena Ferrante will blow you away." (Alice Sebold)
A very rich portrayal of a girl's striving to escape the poverty of her home village and the divergence between her life and that of her friend. Look forward to being inmersed in book 3.
Beautiful imagery amongst raw observations complimented by the clear enunciation in this performance. An insight into the struggle to succeed.
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