The Story of a New Name

Elena Ferrante

Hillary Huber (Narrator)

05-05-15

19hrs 5min

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05-05-15

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“Ferrante’s gift for recreating real life stems as much from the quiet, unhurried rhythm of her writing as from the people and events she describes.” New York Times

A New York Times Pick of Columnist Favorites

The follow-up to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the epic New York Times bestselling literary quartet that has inspired an HBO series, and returns us to the world of Lila and Elena, who grew up together in post-WWII Naples, Italy.

In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her entrée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, and the pressure to excel is at times too much for Elena. Yet the two young women share a complex and evolving bond that is central to their emotional lives and a source of strength in the face of life’s challenges.

In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, “one of the great novelists of our time” (New York Times), gives us a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging, a meditation on love and jealousy, freedom and commitment—at once a masterfully plotted page-turner and an intense, generous-hearted family saga.

Praise

“Ferrante’s gift for recreating real life stems as much from the quiet, unhurried rhythm of her writing as from the people and events she describes.” New York Times

“Imagine an angry Jane Austen, and you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to plunge into Ferrante’s ongoing tale about Lila and Elena, two Neapolitan women in the 1960s who marry, fall in love, and slowly suffocate from the pressure of it all.” Boston Globe

“Ferrante’s writing is captivating and insightful.” Booklist (starred review)

“Ferrante masterfully combines Elena’s recollections of events with Lila’s point of view…The women’s fraught relationship and shifting fortunes are the life forces of this poignant book.” Publishers Weekly

“A beautifully written portrait of a sometimes difficult friendship.” Kirkus Reviews

“I am utterly caught up by the furious narrative energy and the constantly shifting currents of power and desire between the narrator, Elena, and her brilliant, unpredictable, sometimes vicious best friend, Lila, whose actions seem to keep undermining Elena’s command of the story, even though she’s the one telling.” Jennifer Schuessler, culture reporter, New York Times Book Review

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Language English
Release Day May 4, 2015
Release Date May 5, 2015
Number in Series 2
Series Display String The Neapolitan Novels
Release Date Machine 1430784000
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction, Genre Fiction, Family Life, Literary Fiction, Coming of Age, Friendship, New York Times Bestsellers
Author Bio
Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante, author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and My Brilliant Friend, among others, is one of Italy’s most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.

Narrator Bio
Hillary Huber

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.

Overview

A New York Times Pick of Columnist Favorites

The follow-up to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the epic New York Times bestselling literary quartet that has inspired an HBO series, and returns us to the world of Lila and Elena, who grew up together in post-WWII Naples, Italy.

In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her entrée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, and the pressure to excel is at times too much for Elena. Yet the two young women share a complex and evolving bond that is central to their emotional lives and a source of strength in the face of life’s challenges.

In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, “one of the great novelists of our time” (New York Times), gives us a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging, a meditation on love and jealousy, freedom and commitment—at once a masterfully plotted page-turner and an intense, generous-hearted family saga.

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