The Story of the Lost Child

The Story of the Lost Child

Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives.

Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up—a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. In this final book, she has returned to Naples. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from the city of her birth. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Proximity to the world she has always rejected only brings her role as its unacknowledged leader into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable!

Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, the story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty and brilliance. The four volumes in this series constitute a long remarkable story that readers will return to again and again, and every return will bring with it new revelations.

Title:The Story of the Lost Child
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781609452865
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    The Story of the Lost Child Reviews

  • Diane

    This novel nearly broke me.The Story of the Lost Child is beautifully heartbreaking. It is the culmination of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series, and it wraps up the story of two friends, Elena and Li...

  • Maxwell

    After re-reading this series, I can confirm it's one of my all-time favorites. Ferrante is a writer I admire so much, and like I said in my original reviews, one that I know confidently I can, and wil...

  • Julie Christine

    This is the end Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end Of our elaborate plans, the end Of everything that stands, the end No safety or surprise, the end I'll never look into your ...

  • Violet wells

    I’ve never read a series before. Finally I understand why people sleep outside bookstores the day before the next instalment is due to be published. Were there to be a book five I might well zipper ...

  • Warwick

    The tunnel on the edge of the neighbourhood, beyond which Lila couldn't pass.When I arrived in Naples I had just read the Claudio Gatti article which claimed to expose Elena Ferrante's real identity. ...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    [UPDATED - SEE BELOW]I can't believe it's over! I mean really, after finishing Ferrante's riveting tetralogy, I feel a sense of loss. The fourth volume was fast-paced and full of reveals (no spoilers!...

  • Francesca Marciano

    There is a terrible sense of loss once you reach the last line of the last volume of Ferrante's saga, her writing is so addictive, it has kept me company for over a year now and waiting for the next i...

  • Manny

    [From Celle qui fuit et celle qui reste] Whenever you read a book that the author seriously cared about, you realise after a while that in fact it's two books: there's the book that got written, th...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Book Four....The Final Conclusion to the Neapolitan novels:And so this story begins.....-[page 1]:"From October 1976 until 1979, when I returned to Naples to live, I avoided resuming a steady relation...

  • PorshaJo

    What can I say about this book that has yet to be said. This is the fourth and final book in The Neapolitan Novels. It is the culmination of the lifetime of two dominate, strong women. It is the story...