Elena Ferrante Books In Order

Neapolitan Books In Publication Order

  1. My Brilliant Friend (2011)
  2. The Story of a New Name (2012)
  3. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2013)
  4. The Story of the Lost Child (2014)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Days of Abandonment (2002)
  2. Troubling Love (2006)
  3. The Lost Daughter (2006)
  4. The Lying Life of Adults (2019)

Picture Books In Publication Order

  1. The Beach at Night (2007)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Frantumaglia (2003)
  2. Incidental Inventions (2019)
  3. In the Margins (With: ) (2021)

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Elena Ferrante Books Overview

The Days of Abandonment

‘She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years.’ Corriere della Sera ‘Ferrante dissects the personal microcosm so well, and with awesome lucidity and precision shows us the meanderings of a woman’s mind, the suffering that accompanies being abandoned, and the awful rumbling of time passing.’ El Mundo ‘Elena Ferrante has given us a startlingly beautiful novel of exceptional and bold strength.’ Il Manifesto ‘Severe and rigorously unsentimental, packed full of passages written with dizzying intensity at a rare and acute pitch. Ferrante is at her best when her writing holds tight to those nagging, niggling obsessions that make up our mental landscapes.’ La Stampa A national bestseller for almost an entire year, The Days of Abandonment shocked and captivated its Italian public when first published. It is the gripping story of a woman’s descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal. Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. Though she is one of Italy’s most important and acclaimed contemporary authors, her identity is a mystery. Theories and speculation as to who Elena Ferrante really is continue to circulate; however, the author has successfully shunned public attention and has been able to keep her whereabouts and her true identity concealed. The Days of Abandonment, her second novel, is currently being made into a film by director Roberto Faenza, due for release in North America in 2006.

Troubling Love

‘A deeply observed, excruciatingly blunt novel.’ The New Yorker ‘The raging, tormented voice of the author is something rare.’ The New York Times Following her mother’s untimely and mysterious death, Delia embarks on a voyage of discovery through the streets of her native Naples searching for the truth about her family. A series of mysterious telephone calls leads her to compelling and disturbing revelations about her mother’s final days. This stylish fiction from the author of The Days of Abandonment is set in a beguiling but often hostile Naples, whose chaotic, suffocating streets become one of the book’s central motifs. A story about mothers and daughters and the complicated knot of lies and emotions that binds them. Elena Ferrante’s previous novel, The Days of Abandonment, received excellent critical attention in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, Library Journal, and many other publications. Troubling Love is expected to follow in its footsteps.

The Lost Daughter

‘Elena Ferrante will blow you away.’ Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones From the author of The Days of Abandonment, The Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrante’s most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood yet. Leda, a middle aged divorce, is alone for the first time in years when her daughters leave home to live with their father. Her initial, unexpected sense of liberty turns to ferocious introspection following a seemingly trivial occurrence. Ferrante’s language is as finely tuned and intense as ever, and she treats her theme with a fierce, candid tenacity.

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