Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: a Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and a Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between both in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape. Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. With this novel about the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Ferrante proves once again that she deserves her many accolades. In The Lying Life of Adults, listeners will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.
The identity of Elena Ferrante is not known. She has managed to keep her identity hidden since the publication of her first books, despite the fact that she now has a world-wide reputation. We can assume that she is from Naples or the Naples region and this article indicates that she is a mother. This article says She seems once to have been married; she may have lived in Greece. This article (in Italian) claims she was born in 1943. Apparently she claims that all that matters is the book and not the author and she may well be right. In 2016, a journalist claimed to have identified her as the German-Italian translator, Anita Raja, wife of the Italian novelist, Domenico Starnone. A later study suggested that Starnone himself may well be the author.