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The Story of the Lost Child

(2015)
(The fourth book in the Neapolitan series)
A novel by

 
"Nothing quite like this has ever been published before," proclaimed The Guardian newspaper about the Neapolitan Novels in 2014. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third book in the series, was an international best seller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Its author was dubbed "one of the great novelists of our time" by the New York Times Book Review. This fourth and final installment in the series raises the bar even higher and indeed confirms Elena Ferrante as one of the world's best living storytellers.

Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery uncontainable Lila. In this book, both are adults; life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains 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 books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable!

Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, this story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty. Lila and Elena clash, drift apart, reconcile, and clash again, in the process revealing new facets of their friendship.

The four volumes in this series constitute a long remarkable story that readers will return to again and again, and, like Elena and Lila themselves, every return will bring with it new discoveries.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Story Of The Lost Child (Thorndike Basic)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-4104-9118-8 / 978-1-4104-9118-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Story Of The Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels: Maturity, Old Age: Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-59413-996-2 / 978-1-59413-996-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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September 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Story of the Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-60945-286-0 / 978-1-60945-286-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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Audio Editions

October 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Thalia Book Club: Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Symphony Space, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

October 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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October 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Story of the Lost Child (Neapolitan Novels, Book 4)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-5046-3012-2 / 978-1-5046-3012-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   

September 2015 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Story of the Lost Child (Neapolitan Novels, Book 4)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
ISBN: 1-5046-3011-4 / 978-1-5046-3011-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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September 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

September 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Story of the Lost Child (Neapolitan Novels)
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Story of the Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four
Author(s): Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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