The Lying Life of Adults

The Lying Life of Adults

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.

Title:The Lying Life of Adults
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781609455910
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    The Lying Life of Adults Reviews

  • Adam Dalva

    Full Review: If The Lying Life of Adults, the marvelous new novel by the pseudonymous Elena Ferrante, doesn’t reach the soaring heights of her masterpiece, The Story of a New Name, that is mainly an...

  • Angela M

    “Maybe everything would be less complicated if you told the truth.” I’ll try to make my review less complicated with my honest thoughts. I’ve come across my fair share of dysfunctional familie...

  • Ines

    RECENSIONE ITALIANA IN FONDO😉I have just closed the book and I feel inside a whirlwind of feelings and emotions...... unfortunately not all positive, in fact, what predominates most here, is this s...

  • Elyse  Walters

    NO SPOILERSAudiobook....narrated by Marissa Tomei (Marissa was a ‘great’...reading this book). One audiobook reviewer said they thought Tomei ‘over-acted’ her reading. For me she enhanced the ...

  • Paul Fulcher

    It’s good that you’re spending time with people who are better than you, it’s the only way to go up not down.The identity of the “neighbourhood” in Elena Ferrante’s epic Neopolitan Quartet...

  • Diane S ?

    I finished this book, skimmed the last part but did not dnf it because it was Esils , Angela's and my buddy read. I am, however, going to leave it unrated because I disliked this book immensely. These...

  • Maxwell

    Ferrante never fails. The Lying Life of Adults is her first standalone (and first work of published fiction) since her mega-hit Neapolitan Quartet. It's hard to follow-up such a critically acclaimed s...

  • Diane Barnes

    Four well deserved stars for the writing, and for getting inside a teenage girl's mind between the ages of 12 and 16. Since I was a teenage girl long ago, and since I raised a teenage girl not so long...

  • Lisa

    This novel propelled me directly inside Gianni's head, with such an immediacy that I remembered myself vividly as a young teen. And yes, adults are horribly duplicitous! Gianni's journey is confusing,...

  • Anna Luce

    ★★★✰✰ 3 stars (mini-Italian review at the end) “L'amore è opaco come i vetri delle finestre dei cessi.”(I'm no Ann Goldstein but the above quote can be roughly translated to: “Love is...