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The Story of a New Name

The Story of a New Name

Author(s): Elena Ferrante

Location(s): Naples

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Second half 20th century



The second book in Ferrante’s lauded Neapolitan novels. Elena and Lila are now in their twenties. While marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the centre of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women

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Number 2 in the series. Marriage difficulties, and a look at class and gender in this novel following the lives of two women.

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