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The Lying Life of Adults

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars3.5/5 (24 ratings)
Length: 396 pages6 hours

Editor's Note

Powerful coming-of-age story…
The wait is over! “My Brilliant Friend” author Elena Ferrante is back with “a powerful coming-of-age story like no other,” according to Bookpage’s Lauren Bufferd, who says “The Lying Life of Adults” “simmers with overt rage toward parental deception, teachers’ expectations and society’s impossible ideals of beauty and behavior.” Netflix is already adapting the book into a series, so read it here before it hits your screen.



The first new work of fiction in over five years by Elena Ferrante, mega best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend/Neapolitan Novels/Neapolitan Quartet (17 millions copies sold worldwide, 3.7 millions copies sold in North America) Screen adaptation rights sold to Netflix. Audiobooks rights sold to PRHA - celebrity narrator Marisa Tomei announced in August Major film in production: Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter starring Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal in production, planned 2021 release Previous titles New York Times and ABA National Indie Bestsellers and Long-sellers (Over 50 weeks on bestseller lists, including #1 ABA National Indie, #1 Amazon Bestseller, #2 New York Times, #20 Combined Print and Ebook New York Times, USA Today, PW combined) Week of 4/19/2020: My Brilliant Friend (2012) is an ABA National Indie Bestseller at #26, 8 years after publication Translated by Ann Goldstein, translator of previous books and “a rare celebrity among translators.” (Wall Street Journal) Author was a TIME Magazine 2016 Most Influential Person of the Year Major HBO series, My Brilliant Friend, season 2 March-6 May 2020, season 3 t.k. 2021


Readers of literary fiction, general fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, international literature, book club fiction Ferrante readers are politically and culturally engaged, college educated, frequent mainstream media consumers (NPR/WaPo/NYT etc); readerships skews to women between 25-65 Readers of Elizabeth Strout, Zadie Smith, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Karl Ove Knausgaard Purchase physical, electronic and audio books primarily from brick & mortar indie bookstores, B&N, Hudson, and online retailers like Amazon, Bookshop, Readership clusters around Engaged Enthusiasts, Buzz Followers, and Super Fans. Key markets: New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and Philadelphia
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