Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 328 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 21 minutes
First Published: 2019
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 her 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: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.
Quotes from The Lying life of Adults
I realized she wanted many things at the same time, and that kept her in a permanent state of dissatisfaction.
Lies, lies, adults forbid them and yet they tell so many.
I’m not wise, but I read a lot of novels.
About Elena Ferrante
Elena Ferrante is an Italian author whose works include The Lying Life of Adults and My Brilliant Friend.