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"Modern, urgent, truthful." -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * The Telegraph * "Elena Ferrante is an expert chronicler of adolescence and its many indignities, as well as its erratic, overwhelming passions." * The Observer * "Ferrante is unbeatable at pulling you inside the mind of a teenage girl, making you see how everything that looks irrational from the outside - the moods, the silences, the jealousy, tears, fears and resentments - are utterly logical and reasonable." * The Times * "Layer by layer, piece by piece, with her customary deftness, Ferrante builds up her story, introducing new characters and bits of information, as Giovanna's once safe and sane world becomes ever more slippery.... Ferrante has a voice very much her own." * The TLS * "The most intense writing about the experiences and interior life of a girl on the cusp of adulthood that I have ever read." -- Isabel Berwick "Exquisitely moody." -- Merve Emre * The Atlantic * "Elena Ferrante is so good.... an astonishing, deeply moving tale of the sorts of wisdom, beauty and knowledge that remain as unruly as the determinedly inharmonious faces of these women." -- Lara Feigel * The Guardian * "Ferrante's page-turner talent for suspenseful storytelling and scenes teeming with vivid characters finds terrific scope ... From this gorgeous and squalid two-tier city that haunts her imagination comes another compulsive novel." -- Peter Kemp * The Sunday Times * "The accurate and evocative depiction of adolescence is also a significant factor in the fierce devotion inspired by the works of the Italian writer Elena Ferrante ... Ann Goldstein, who has translated all of Ferrante's works into English, does so again here with precision and poise." -- Miranda Collinge * Esquire * "An incendiary portrait of the volcanic currents of sex and betrayal rumbling away beneath polite society." -- Anthony Cummins * The Mail on Sunday * "Ferrante is a hypnotist." -- Frances Wilson * The Spectator * "Compulsive." -- Alex O'Donnell * The Times * "Ferrante is finally back. Her new novel, the first since her blockbusting Neapolitan Quartet finished, takes us back to Naples." * The Times * "The Lying Life of Adults simply enriches a magnificent canon which began with Troubling Love nearly 30 years ago. There's not a weak page, let alone a weak novel, among the eight to date." -- David Nice * The Arts Desk * "The Lying Life of Adults has the magnitude of great literature - from Balzac to Stendhal to the always beloved Proust. It is a necessary book." * Il Manifesto *

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Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008) and the four volumes of the Neapolitan Quartet (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child), published by Europa Editions between 2012 and 2015. She is also the author of a children's picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night, and a work of non-fiction, Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey. Incidental Inventions, her collected Guardian columns, was published in 2019.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Europa Editions (31 August 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1787703126
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1787703124
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.8 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
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