Posted on September 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Lying Life of Adults, the first major work of fiction from Elena Ferrante since her smash hit Neapolitan quartet concluded, came out in English yesterday.

If the New York Times and NPR are to be trusted, though, readers can breathe a sigh of relief that Ferrante and her trusty translator, Ann Goldstein, haven’t lost their touch.

The Lying Life of Adults returns to Naples, this time starting in the 1990s, and with an uncertain adolescent girl as our heroine.

Giovanna is twelve when the story opens and believes herself to be growing dumber and, like her mysterious aunt Vittoria, ugly.

She convinces her father to let her visit this estranged relative, marking a turning point in her life from childhood to something darker and more adult.

For more on Giovanna’s journey, read the NYT review and NPR review of The Lying Life of Adults.

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