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The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Quartet #2

Elena Ferrante

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Text Publishing Company
04 May 2015
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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 sixteen 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 reading experience.




By:   Elena Ferrante
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   439g
ISBN:   9781925240016
ISBN 10:   1925240010
Series:   Neapolitan Quartet
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   04 May 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Quartet #2

'[Elena Ferrante's] brilliance isn't limited to her mechanics, her finesse or her creativity as a writer, but it's her willingness to continually address the psychological machinations of women who have very unfeminine feelings.' * Three Percent * 'Ferrante writes so beautifully that you can't help but become engrossed with the lives, loves and loss of Lila and Elena...will leave readers salivating for the third instalment.' * Courier Mail * 'The first two Neapolitan novels [My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name]...move far from contrivance, logic or respectability to ask uncomfortable questions about how we live, how we love, how we singe an existence in a deeply flawed world that expects pretty acquiescence from its women. In all their beauty, their ugliness, their devotion and deceit, these girls enchant and repulse, like life, like our very selves.' * Sydney Morning Herald * 'The writing and translation from Italian are first-class.' * Otago Daily Times * 'Elena Ferrante may be the best contemporary novelist you have never heard of...Ferrante's voice is startlingly honest...her storytelling both visceral and compelling.' * Economist * 'Ferrante transforms the love, separation and reunion of two poor urban girls into the general tragedy of their city, a place so beautiful and heartbreaking that it inspired the expression Vedi Napoli e poi muori - See Naples and then die .' * New York Times Book Review * 'Everyone should read anything with [Elena Ferrante's] name on it.' * Boston Globe * 'Elena Ferrante will blow you away.' -- Alice Sebold '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.' -- James Wood * New Yorker *


  • Long-listed for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015 (Ireland)
  • Long-listed for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015.
  • Short-listed for Best Translated Book Award 2014 (United States)
  • Shortlisted for Best Translated Book Award 2014.

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