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“Nothing quite like this has ever been published before,” proclaimed the Guardian about the Neapolitan Novels in 2014. The first book in the series, My Brilliant Friend, was a New York Times bestseller. Book three was a Times bestseller and a Notable Book of the Year. It was named a best book of 2014 twenty-five times, including in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, the Daily Beast, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and the Boston Globe. This final installment in the series gives validation to the New York Times Book Review’s opinion of its author, Elena Ferrante, as “one of the great novelists of our time.”

Here is the dazzling saga of two women: the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; many of life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up—a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received novels. In this final book, she has returned to Naples. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from the city of her birth. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity to the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Nearness to the world she has always rejected only brings her role as its unacknowledged leader into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, and unforgettable.

Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous, the story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty and brilliance. The four volumes in this series constitute a long, remarkable story that listeners will return to again and again, and every return will bring with it new revelations.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Her engrossing, semi-autobiographical saga…Ferrante examines feminine identity within and without the context of marriage, motherhood, and vocation… the [finale]…she delivers manages to satisfy, even while leaving us wanting more: more details, more closure, more of this fascinating, beguiling story.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “In their blurring of the boundaries between memoir, popular fiction and feminist meditation, the Neapolitan novels say the unsayable with a confessional fearlessness.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • The Story of the Lost Child does not offer a comfortable end to the series, but it confirms Ferrante—once again—as one of contemporary fiction’s most compelling voices.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “A knowing and complex tale that encompasses an entire metropolis. The breadth of vision makes this final installment feel like the essential volume.”

    Washington Post

  • “Emotional intelligence…as well as its wit and toughness.”


  • “[The] two modes of storytelling—the compact and the commodious; the modern and the historical; the distilling of life into metaphor and its picaresque, riotous expansion—are so obviously the obverse of each other constitutes yet another narrative, the story of how an individual (more specifically, a woman) arrives, after the ­vicissitudes of living, at a definition of self…Ferrante gives us both the long answer and the short, and in doing so adumbrates the mysterious beauty and brutality of personal experience.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The fourth and final volume of this epic series…the Neapolitan quartet succeeds in capturing life as lived, the striving female mind, the power of unknowing, the idea that agency within one’s fate, not the fate itself, is what truly matters.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “In Ferrante’s fourth and final Neapolitan novel, she reunites Elena, the accomplished writer, with Lila, the indomitable spirit, in their southern Italian city as they confront maturity and old age, death, and the meaning of life…This stunning conclusion further solidifies the Neapolitan novels as Ferrante’s masterpiece and guarantees that this reclusive author will remain far from obscure for years to come.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A friendship so reflective and yet so repellent, so truthfully plumbed, is a rare thing written…Word of mouth launched this series, glowing reviews helped, and, eventually, a publishing phenomenon was born. The series’ conclusion is a genuine literary event.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Inexorable seismic changes—in society and in the lives of two female friends—mark the final volume of Ferrante’s Neapolitan series…Elena’s narrative, once again, never wavers in tone and confidently carries readers through the course of two lives…a mythic portrait of a female friendship.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Readers should tackle all the books in order…to savor the fabulous writing and translation, get to know the memorable characters, and experience a masterpiece of storytelling with a true, living pulse. Very highly recommended, this series is destined to become a classic of Italian literature.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2015
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Top 20 Selection
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015
  • A 2015 New York Times Top 10 Book
  • A 2015 Boston Globe Book of the Year
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Best Fiction of 2015
  • A New York Times Pick of Columnist Favorites
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015
  • A People Magazine Best Book of 2015
  • A Flavorwire Pick for Best Fiction of 2015
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2015
  • A 2016 Best Translated Book Award Longlist Selection
  • A 2016 Man Booker International Prize 
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