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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elena Ferrante Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781504620222
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An IndiBound bestseller, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I could not put this novel down. Elena Ferrante will blow you away.”

    Alice Sebold, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Ferrante’s theme…has seldom received such close scrutiny in literary fiction…an elegant novel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Stunning.”

    New York Times

  • “In this deeply observed, excruciatingly blunt novel…Ferrante knows just when to let up, and the redemptive note struck by the ending is a welcome reprieve.”

    New Yorker

  • “She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years.”

    Corriere della Sera

  • “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

  • “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

  • “This intelligent and darkly comic novel…conveys the resilience of a complex woman.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Forough Rashidi | 2/27/2017

    " Elena Ferrante peels off the skin of humanity and discusses and reflects upon subjects and matters which society not always deems suitable. The metaphors in this book can make you wonder for hours and days. Great contribution to the world of literature. This book will make anyone reflect upon their own character. "

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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

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.