The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante


Bookseller Review by Fleur:

Gosh. So many remembrances of my teenage self came flooding back – how awful it really was!  And at the same time so brilliant – but maybe it was that very brilliance, the sharpness of it that is so exhausting to think of, imagining the trauma of having to do it all again!

This is my first Ferrante novel, why I thought it would be as good a place as any to dive in.  All my bookshop colleagues are such ardent fans of her Neapolitan Quartet, but I’d never quite managed to start – something soon to be remedied!

So I am looking at The Lying Life of Adults entirely as an entity of its own, and I can’t quite praise it enough.

The characters are drawn with such care and fullness, gifts and flaws to make me worry about going to Naples and meeting them in real life – my blushes at knowing all their secrets!

But as a once teenage girl, and the mother of two teenage girls, my take away feeling is one of how incredibly hard the transition from girl to woman is.  How kind and patient I must be to myself as I carry on moving from young, to mille to old age – making decisions and judgements, good and bad.  Living with them all, carrying on, seeking out vibrancy and brilliance, navigating and embracing the sharp edges.  Being receptive and being brave.

Naples – magnificent!

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From the author of My Brilliant Friend, a powerful new novel set in a divided Naples

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Soon to be adapted into a NETFLIX original series

“Incendiary.”—Mail on Sunday

“The most intense writing about the experiences and interior life of a girl on the cusp of adulthood that I have ever read.”–Financial Times

“An astonishing, deeply moving tale.”–The Guardian

“Modern, urgent, truthful.”—The Telegraph

Giovanna’s pretty face has changed: it’s turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Where must she look to find her true reflection and a life she can claim as her own?

Giovanna’s search leads her to two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other.

This powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by bestselling author Elena Ferrante is a singular portrayal of the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.