The Lying Life of Adults is the first novel in five years from Elena Ferrante, author of the bestselling and beloved Neapolitan quartet. The long-awaited release called for a pub day party with Ferrante fans from all over the world! Ferrante’s star translator Ann Goldstein, authors Siddhartha Deb, Lauren Groff, and Roxana Robinson, and more special guests joined us for a day of literary talks, trivia, readings, and giveaways in celebration of “the literary event of the year” (ELLE).
- 0:00-1:03 International Author Panel with Catherine Cusset, Auguste Corteau, and Tiziana De Rogatis
- 1:03-1:30 Interactive Ferrante Fan Trivia
- 1:30-2:08 Readings from The Lying Life of Adults by International Translators and Ann Goldstein
- 2:08-2:56 American Author Panel with Siddhartha Deb, Lauren Groff, and Roxana Robinson
The Lying Life of Adults
By Elena Ferrante
Published by Europa Editions
Translated by Ann Goldstein
A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the New York Times best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend and The Lost Daughter.
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 by TIME 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., she proves once again that she deserves her many accolades. In The Lying Life of Adults, readers will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.