The Story of A New Name

The Story of A New Name

Book Two of the Neapolitan Novels

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Now 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.

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Lila is imprisoned by marriage, while Elena continues her journey of self-discovery, until their friendship, which is at the center of their emotional lives, forces them both to mature into women.

Perseus Publishing

A novel in the bestselling quartet about two very different women and their complex friendship: “Everyone should read anything with Ferrante’s name on it” (The Boston Globe).

The follow-up to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the epic New York Times–bestselling literary quartet that has inspired an HBO series, and returns us to the world of Lila and Elena, who grew up together in post-WWII Naples, Italy.

In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her entrée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. 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 a source of strength in the face of life’s challenges. In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, “one of the great novelists of our time” (The New York Times), gives us a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging, a meditation on love and jealousy, freedom and commitment—at once a masterfully plotted page-turner and an intense, generous-hearted family saga.

“Imagine if Jane Austen got angry and you’ll have some idea of how explosive these works are.” —The Australian

“Brilliant . . . captivating and insightful . . . the richness of her storytelling is likely to please fans of Sara Gruen and Silvia Avallone.” —Booklist (starred review)



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In this follow-up to My Brilliant Friend, Lila is imprisoned by marriage, while Elena continues her journey of self-discovery, until their friendship, which is at the center of their emotional lives, forces them both to mature into women. Original.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2013
Edition: First publication 2013
ISBN: 9781609451349
Branch Call Number: FICTION FERRANTE
Characteristics: 471 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann - Translator

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The Neapolitan Novels

As a children’s librarian, I read (and love) tons of books for kids and young adults, but I still find myself needing to return to my English-major roots and pick up a long literary novel from time to time. And I’m so glad that I happened upon Elena Ferrante’s series The Neapolitan Novels as my most recent choice. I’ve heard them hyped up for a while, but didn’t know much about them going in,… (more)


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Pol1916HL
May 02, 2020

The Neopolitan Novels (4 novels)
1.My Brilliant Friend (already read) 2.The Story of a New Name 3.Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay 4.The Story of the Lost Child (n/a this library; can order on Amazon)

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NadiaHathor
Sep 17, 2019

This is a case where there aren't enough stars and or words to acclaim this book with! Elena has fast become one of my favorite Authors with her audacious, unsentimental ability to unmask the personalities of her characters with little fanfare while erupting the senses with her precise, yet fluid Writing style. She leaves the reader gasping for breath and seeking an anchor from the harsh realities of Love, anger, envy, delusion, expectation, and friendship held too loosely. Part Two of the Neopolitan Series is a masterclass in Storytelling. Every page held me spellbound and desperate for more. Love, Love, Love it!!

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NadiaHathor
Sep 17, 2019

This is a case where there aren't enough stars and or words to acclaim this book with! Elena has fast become one of my favorite Authors with her audacious, unsentimental ability to unmask the personalities of her characters with little fanfare while erupting the senses with her precise, yet fluid Writing style. She leaves the reader gasping for breath and seeking an anchor from the harsh realities of Love, anger, envy, delusion, expectation, and friendship held too loosely. Part Two of the Neopolitan Series is a masterclass in Storytelling. Every page held me spellbound and desperate for more. Love, Love, Love it!!

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jr3083
Mar 14, 2018

This is a four-part story, released at one volume each year between 2012 and 2015. Set in a poverty-stricken section of Naples in the 1950s, it is the story of a friendship between two women, Elena and Lina.
At times I found myself wondering whether anything really happened in these books. Is the whole thing just a souped-up soap opera, I wondered? But occasionally, I'd just sit bank and think- Yep, this woman sure can write. There's a huge scope of time encompassed in these books. The plotting of the series of books is masterful, clearly planned in its entirety from the opening pages of Book 1 which tie in so neatly with the closing pages of Book 4. This isn't a saga with one book added after another once they began to sell well: no, it's a complete whole, conceived as a unity from the start. It was always a little difficult to start each volume after a break, but about half way through each one , she'd put her foot to the metal and it was unputdownable.

I have loved these books. They capture so well the ambiguities of a close friendship, and they mark the passing of time and the 20th century development of Naples, with the chains of past family enmities and the allure of modernity. I flipped through the advertisements for Ferrente's other books at the back of the volume. No, I don't want to read any more. They sound too much the same. This was just perfect, just as it is.

For my complete review, see https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/the-neapolitan-quartet-by-elena-ferrante/

Bunny_Watson716 Jul 25, 2017

This is the second book in Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. I couldn't put it down and loved the way that the friendship between Elena and Lina is described - all the conflicting feelings, tensions, and betrayals. I also love that the novel charts Elena's intellectual development and her struggle to find her place in the new worlds she inhabits away from her family.

kslavik Apr 08, 2017

Damn, I cried near the end of this book. The characters drew me in so much I couldn't stop reading and I ended up finishing the book in 10 days. If you're interested in feminism definitely check out this book.

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empbee
Feb 02, 2017

I want to put it down but I can't.

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FVReader
Nov 19, 2016

I enjoyed this continuation of Lina and Elena's story. This story takes the girls through their teens and into their early 20s.
It's a story of raising oneself above one's beginning and the various directions this can take one. It's about feeling out of place and struggling to find comfort and security within oneself.
Who hasn't gone through all that in one's life?
These girls are interesting. Their friendship is complicated.
Elena Ferrante tells a good story. I look forward to continuing with this story very soon.
Also, loved the ending! What a way to end this segment of the story!

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NanCcan
Sep 06, 2016

Only continuing the series because I do enjoy finding out what happens to characters I've come to know. I am still dismayed with Elena's depressing inability to ever appreciate the value of her own dreams and achievements. She makes so much progress in this book, but still doesn't feel she is "good enough."

sungeun2k1 Aug 20, 2016

"I had made that whole journey mainly to show her what she had lost and what I had won. But she had known from the moment I appeared, and now... she was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine, and that time simply slipped away without any meaning, and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other."

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vickiz
Mar 04, 2017

I saw her standing by the bonfire, without the shape of a woman in that outfit, as she leafed through the pages of the Blue Fairy. Suddenly she threw it on the fire.

sungeun2k1 Aug 20, 2016

"I had made that whole journey mainly to show her what she had lost and what I had won. But she had known from the moment I appeared, and now... she was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine, and that time simply slipped away without any meaning, and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other."

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