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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. Soon to be a NETFLIX Original Series.

“Another spellbinding coming-of-age tale from a master.”—People Magazine, Top 10 Books of 2020

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. In The Lying Life of Adults, readers will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.

“There’s no doubt [the publication of The Lying Life of Adults] will be the literary event of the year.”—ELLE Magazine

Fiction & Literature
September 1
Europa Editions
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

Ms. Hush Puppy ,

A Protagonist with few Pros

I struggled to like or admire or even identify with the adolescent angst of Gianna. She not only was a rebel without a cause, she lacked humanity for me.

the fashion prof ,

The Lying Life of Adults

Not a great choice unless you like listening in on the inane chatter of teenage girls. Boring. Hard to get through.

GuitarRon1228 ,

An emotional introspective look at the tumultuous years of a girlhoods teenhood, and

My first time reading this author. In fact not even close to my usual reading fare (I was seduced by an excerpt in a magazine and was immediately intrigued: you won Madison Avenue). But I’m intrinsically interested in the relationships we develop in life; how those relationships define us and aid in our overall growth in life, including the awkward teenage years that challenge most of us in the cruelest way. This book follows an Italian girl as she navigates the world in that most sensitive time by the relationships with adults she has. Poetic and lyrical; the writing helps underline the hardship of the human experience.

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