The Story of a New Name

The Story of a New Name

By Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein

  • Release Date: 2013-09-03
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 153 Ratings
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Soon to be an HBO series, the follow-up to My Brilliant Friend in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends growing up in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted family epic by Italy’s most beloved and acclaimed writer, Elena Ferrante, “one of the great novelists of our time.” (Roxana Robinson, The New York Times)

In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her enterée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. Love, jealousy, family, freedom, commitment, and above all friendship: these are signs under which both women live out this phase in their stories. 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 is a source of strength in the face of life's challenges. In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, the acclaimed author of The Days of Abandonment, gives readers a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging.

Ferrante is one of the world’s great storytellers. With the Neapolitan quartet she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come.


  • Alter ego

    By Amator Librorum
    If Lila is Elena's alter ego, then she occupies her darker self. The vacation on Ischia in volume two, which Ferrante presents with microscopic detail, reveals a destructive and malevolent Lila. Yet she still manages to win the reader's sympathy (not to mention the narrator Elena's) because of her uncompromising desire to lead a meaningful life amidst the backward even brutish society in which she is trapped.