The Lying Life of Adults

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 3:00pm

Join Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore for a conversation with Elena Ferrante's brillant translator, Ann Goldstein and Europa Editions Editor-in-Chief Michael Reynolds. Books available for purchase through Barrett Bookstore. 


About Ann Goldstein

Ann Goldstein is in the unusual position of being both the translator and the public face of the secretive, critically acclaimed author Elena Ferrante—making her a rock star of the translation world. Her translations of Ferrante’s Neapolitan series have sold more than a million copies worldwide, making her one of the most sought-after translators of Italian literature.

In addition to Ferrante’s novels, Goldstein has translated works by writers such as Primo Levi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Jhumpa Lahiri, and edited The Complete Works of Primo Levi. She has received fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Guggenheim Foundation, and received the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award. In 2016, her translation of Ferrante’s The Story of a Lost Child was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize honoring international novels in translation.

Alongside her career in translation, Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker, and before that was on staff at Esquire magazine.

About Michael Reynolds

Michael Reynolds is the Editor in Chief at Europa Editions. He is the recipient of the 2016 Golden Colophon Award for Superlative Achievement & Leadership in Independent Literary Publishing, awarded by the Community of Literary and Magazine Presses, and a 2017 Epiphany Magazine Honoree for Publishing Excellence. He has served on the jury for the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, the Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators, and the foreign jury of the Strega Prize. He is a regular speaker at the Columbia School of Journalism’s Columbia Publishing Course, and at publishing and translation conferences in America and internationally. He is a member of the Rutgers University Press Advisory Council, a member of the Independent Publisher Caucus Steering Committee, and the founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American bookselling community and the international book industry. 

About The Lying Life of Adults

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.

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 new novel about the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Ferrante proves once again that she deserves her many accolades., she proves once again that she deserves her many accolades. In The Lying Life of Adults, readers will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.



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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609455910
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2020

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Darien, CT 06820-4127