The Lying Life of Adults

$38.95

ANEW YORK TIMES & NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A BEST BOOK OF 2020
The Washington Postã?»O, The Oprah Magazineã?»TIME Magazineã?»NPRã?»People Magazineã?»The New York Times Criticsã?»The Guardianã?»Electric Literatureã?»Financial Timesã?»Times UKã?»Irish Timesã?»New York Postã?»Kirkus Reviewsã?»Toronto Starã?»The Globe and Mailã?»Harper’s Bazaarã?»Vogue UKã?»The Arts Desk

A POWERFUL NEW NOVEL set in a divided Naples by ELENA FERRANTE, theNew York Times best-selling author ofMy Brilliant Friend andThe Lost Daughter. Soon to be a NETFLIX Original Series.

“Another spellbinding coming-of-age tale from a master.”—People Magazine, Top 10 Books of 2020

Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is.

Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.

Named one of 2016’s most influential people byTIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. With this new novel about the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Ferrante proves once again that she deserves her many accolades. InThe Lying Life of Adults, readers will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.

“There’s no doubt [the publication ofThe Lying Life of Adults] will be the literary event of the year.”—ELLE Magazine