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Slate Presents: Ferrante Fest
Sep 1, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
To celebrate the release of The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth and final Neapolitan novel by internationally acclaimed author Elena Ferrante, Slate will host of evening of Ferrante-themed conversation, debate, and trivia. We hope to see you there!
Laura Bennett, Slate senior editor
Ann Goldstein, translator for Elena Ferrante
Laura Miller, Slate culture columnist
Meghan O’Rourke, Slate’s culture critic and advisory editor
Willa Paskin, Slate’s television critic
Michael Reynolds, editor in chief at Europa Editions
Katy Waldman, Slate’s words correspondent
Sasha Weiss, story editor at New York Times Magazine
About The Story of the Lost Child:
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.