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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elena Ferrante Narrator: Natalie Portman Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781441736208
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Elena Ferrante returns to the tale at the center of the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a writer: The Lost Daughter. But this time the story takes the form of a children’s fable told from the point of view of the lost (stolen!) doll, Celina. Celina is having a terrible night, one full of jealousy for the new kitten, feelings of abandonment and sadness, misadventures at the hands of the beach attendant, and dark dreams.

Accompanied by the oneiric illustrations of Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night is a story for all of Ferrante’s many ardent fans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wondrous…This book will be a small delight, another lovely and brutal glimpse of female subtext, of the complicated bonds between mothers and daughters in a cruel and indifferent world.”

    New York Times

  • “Beautifully written.”

    Washington Post

  • “Translated beautifully and uncompromisingly by Ann Goldstein, The Beach at Night is a dark tale with a complex girl-doll heroine…Classic Elena for beginners.”

    Times (London)

  • “It’s the disconcerting combination of the doll’s intensely human emotions and complete lack of agency that leaves the strongest impression.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick for November 2016 
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Books to Read This Fall
  • An NPR Best Book of 2016
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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Natalie Portman, Academy Award–winning actress, filmmaker, and philanthropist, first charmed audiences at the age of eleven in Luc Besson’s The Professional. Since then she has starred in over twenty-five films, including Beautiful Girls, Cold Mountain, Garden State, and Closer. In 2011, she received an Oscar for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed film Black Swan. Portman has also taken on a variety of roles behind the lens including A Tale of Love and Darkness, which she wrote, directed, and starred in. She will soon be seen as Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, to be released by Fox Searchlight in December 2016. When Portman isn’t working, she serves as ambassador of WE and FINCA, in addition to working with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. A Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology, Portman has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.