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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
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The Story of a New Name

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Narrator Hillary Huber
Translator Ann Goldstein
Length 19 hours 3 minutes
Language English
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The follow-up to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the epic New York Times bestselling literary quartet that has inspired an HBO series, and returns us to the world of Lila and Elena, who grew up together in post-WWII Naples, Italy.

In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her entrée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, and the pressure to excel is at times too much for Elena. Yet the two young women share a complex and evolving bond that is central to their emotional lives and a source of strength in the face of life’s challenges.

In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, “one of the great novelists of our time” (New York Times), gives us a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging, a meditation on love and jealousy, freedom and commitment—at once a masterfully plotted page-turner and an intense, generous-hearted family saga.

Elena Ferrante, author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and My Brilliant Friend, among others, is one of Italy’s most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.

Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an Earphones Award winner, and an AudioFile Best Voice. She has recorded over three hundred titles spanning many genres and holds a bachelor's degree in English literature. A voracious reader and listener, she was raised in Connecticut and Hawaii but now splits her time between California and New York.

Ann Goldstein is the former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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Reviews

“Ferrante’s gift for recreating real life stems as much from the quiet, unhurried rhythm of her writing as from the people and events she describes.”

“Imagine an angry Jane Austen, and you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to plunge into Ferrante’s ongoing tale about Lila and Elena, two Neapolitan women in the 1960s who marry, fall in love, and slowly suffocate from the pressure of it all.”

“Ferrante’s writing is captivating and insightful.”

“Ferrante masterfully combines Elena’s recollections of events with Lila’s point of view…The women’s fraught relationship and shifting fortunes are the life forces of this poignant book.”

“A beautifully written portrait of a sometimes difficult friendship.”

“I am utterly caught up by the furious narrative energy and the constantly shifting currents of power and desire between the narrator, Elena, and her brilliant, unpredictable, sometimes vicious best friend, Lila, whose actions seem to keep undermining Elena’s command of the story, even though she’s the one telling.”

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