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Publisher's Summary

The Story of a New Name is an extraordinary novel about two young women, Lila and Elena, growing up in Naples in the early 1960s.
At 16 Lila marries the shopkeeper Stefano. She is filled with pleasure at her new wealth and horror at the life she has chosen.
Elena’s own attempts at romance seem to be sabotaged by Lila’s turbulent affairs. As she tries to plot her way out of poverty via academic and literary success, her constant anxiety is that she is just a shadow of the brilliant Lila.
The sequel to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the enthralling chronicle of a friendship that is obsessive, loving, complicated, hurtful, enduring and constantly startling. It is an exhilarating experience.
©2012 Edizioni E/O (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Ferrante’s writing has no limits, is willing to take every thought forward to its most radical conclusion and backward to its most radical birthing." (The New Yorker)
"Elena Ferrante will blow you away." (Alice Sebold)
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By Lena Rasmussen on 10-16-15

Brilliant !

loved the story, loved the way it was written and narrated. will certainly buy a sequel.

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By Anonymous User on 07-30-17

Engaging story

I really loved the first book and have thoroughly enjoyed the second!
The characters are exceptionally written and I couldn't wait to get in the car to listen to the progression of the story.

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