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The Story of the Lost Child: A Novel (Neapolitan Novels, 4)
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by Elena Ferrante; Ann Goldstein (Translator)

Summary

The Story of the Lost Child concludes the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila, who first met amid the shambles of postwar Italy. In this book, life’s great discoveries have been made; its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship 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.

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  • Title The Story of the Lost Child: A Novel (Neapolitan Novels, 4)
  • Author Elena Ferrante; Ann Goldstein (Translator)
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition 1st Edition
  • Pages 480
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Europa Editions, New York, NY
  • Date 2015-09-01
  • ISBN 9781609452865 / 1609452860
  • Weight 1.15 lbs (0.52 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.5 in (20.83 x 13.46 x 3.81 cm)
  • Themes
    • Sex & Gender: Feminine
    • Topical: Family
    • Topical: Friendship
  • Library of Congress subjects Female friendship, Naples (Italy)
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

Media reviews

Citations

  • Booklist, 07/01/2015, Page 33
  • Booklist Editors Choice/Adult, 01/01/2016, Page 9
  • Christian Century, 12/09/2015, Page 24
  • Entertainment Weekly, 08/14/2015, Page 64
  • Kirkus Best Fiction, 11/15/2015, Page 12
  • Kirkus Reviews, 06/15/2015, Page 0
  • New York Times Book Review, 08/30/2015, Page 1
  • New Yorker (The), 09/21/2015, Page 105
  • NY Times Notable Bks of Year, 12/06/2015, Page 27
  • People Weekly, 12/21/2015, Page 58
  • Publishers Weekly, 06/01/2015, Page 0
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books, 11/02/2015, Page 25
  • Shelf Awareness, 09/11/2015, Page 0

About the author

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), which was made into a film directed by Roberto Faenza, Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), adapted by Mario Martone, and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), soon to be a film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. She is also the author of a Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey (Europa, 2016) in which she recounts her experience as a novelist, and a children's picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night (Europa, 2016). The four volumes known as the "Neapolitan quartet" (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published in America by Europa between 2012 and 2015. The first season of the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, directed by Severio Costanzo premiered in 2018.
Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. Her translations for Europa Editions include novels by Amara Lakhous, Alessandro Piperno, and Elena Ferrante's bestselling My Brilliant Friend. She lives in New York.

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