The Story Of The Lost Child

by Elena Ferrante
The Story Of The Lost Child
  • ISBN-13: 9781609452865
  • Author(s): Elena Ferrante
  • Subject: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • Imprint: Europa Editions Two
  • Publication Date: 03-09-2015
  • Format: p/b

Availability: Available

£12.99

One of the major publishing events of 2015, this dazzling saga of two women - the brilliant Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila - firmly establishes the Neapolitan Quartet as perhaps the most significant work to date of the 21st century. Life's great discoveries have been made, it's vagaries and losses suffered. But, throughout it all, their friendship remains the gravitational centre of their lives. The unmissable finale to a great literary achievement.

Turnaround's Jenn Thompson on why The Story of the Lost Child is one of our Books of the Month for September 2015:

For many, the final book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan epic needs no introduction. The Story of the Lost Child sees protagonists Elena and Lila struggling with the responsibilities of adulthood in an Italy wracked with political tension. Lost Child picks up where book three ends, and follows the cast of characters to a heart-wrenching, inevitable conclusion.

As those who have already fallen victim to ‘Ferrante Fever’ know, the Neapolitan Novels are wonderfully addictive. Hailed as the “publishing story of the decade” by the Sunday Times, the books have been discussed by critics from the LRB to the Guardian to Vogue, with James Wood at the New Yorker writing this: “Ferrante’s writing has no limits, is willing to take every thought forward to its most radical conclusion and backwards to its most radical birthing.”

With so much praise piled on the first three books, and readers taking to social media to declare their enthusiasm for the series, it’s safe to say The Story of the Lost Child is already generating a lot of buzz. Even for readers who have not yet begun the novels, its publication is prompting a frenzy of interest. We can expect the entire series, published by Europa Editions, to become an enormous seller over the coming weeks, and Lost Child to be one of the biggest releases of the year. 

For more info on Elena Ferrante and the Neapolitan novels, visit the Turnaround Blog.

About the book

One of the major publishing events of 2015, this dazzling saga of two women - the brilliant Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila - firmly establishes the Neapolitan Quartet as perhaps the most significant work to date of the 21st century. Life's great discoveries have been made, it's vagaries and losses suffered. But, throughout it all, their friendship remains the gravitational centre of their lives. The unmissable finale to a great literary achievement.

Turnaround's Jenn Thompson on why The Story of the Lost Child is one of our Books of the Month for September 2015:

For many, the final book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan epic needs no introduction. The Story of the Lost Child sees protagonists Elena and Lila struggling with the responsibilities of adulthood in an Italy wracked with political tension. Lost Child picks up where book three ends, and follows the cast of characters to a heart-wrenching, inevitable conclusion.

As those who have already fallen victim to ‘Ferrante Fever’ know, the Neapolitan Novels are wonderfully addictive. Hailed as the “publishing story of the decade” by the Sunday Times, the books have been discussed by critics from the LRB to the Guardian to Vogue, with James Wood at the New Yorker writing this: “Ferrante’s writing has no limits, is willing to take every thought forward to its most radical conclusion and backwards to its most radical birthing.”

With so much praise piled on the first three books, and readers taking to social media to declare their enthusiasm for the series, it’s safe to say The Story of the Lost Child is already generating a lot of buzz. Even for readers who have not yet begun the novels, its publication is prompting a frenzy of interest. We can expect the entire series, published by Europa Editions, to become an enormous seller over the coming weeks, and Lost Child to be one of the biggest releases of the year. 

For more info on Elena Ferrante and the Neapolitan novels, visit the Turnaround Blog.

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