Books written by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Europa Editions | September 2, 2014 | 418 pages
Continues the story of Lina and Elena as they push against boundaries in 1970s Italy, where Lina has left her husband and is working in a factory while taking care of her son and Elena has graduated college and published a novel.  More Info

The Story of the Lost Child

Europa Editions | September 1, 2015 | 464 pages
One of the major publishing events of 2015, this dazzling saga of two women - the brilliant Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila - firmly establishes the Neapolitan Quartet as perhaps the most significant work to date of the 21st century. Life's great discoveries have been made, it's vagaries... More Info

The Days of Abandonment

Europa Editions Incorporated | October 1, 2014 | 192 pages
"She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years."-Corriere della Sera "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... More Info
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The Story of a New Name

Europa Editions Incorporated | November 18, 2017 | 471 pages
In this follow-up to My Brilliant Friend, Lila is imprisoned by marriage, while Elena continues her journey of self-discovery, until their friendship, which is at the center of their emotional lives, forces them both to mature into women. Original.  More Info

The Days of Abandonment

Penguin | November 18, 2017 | 188 pages
A woman, abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for, finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment and is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity and the possibility that life may never return to normal. I could... More Info

My Brilliant Friend

Europa Editions Incorporated | September 25, 2012 | 336 pages
Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) Original. 50,000 first printing.  More Info