In arresting, masterfully crafted prose, the beloved author of the Neapolitan Quartet delivers a stunning meditation on motherhood through an English teacher whose holiday encounter with a strange family sets her on a collision course with her own past.
Leda is devoted to her work as an English teacher and to her two children. When her daughters leave home to be with their father in Canada, Leda anticipates a period of loneliness and longing. Instead, slightly embarrassed by the sensation, she feels liberated, as if her life has become lighter, easier.
She decides to take a holiday by the sea, in a small coastal town in southern Italy. But after a few days of calm and quiet, things begin to take a menacing turn. Leda encounters a family whose brash presence proves unsettling, at times even threatening. When a small, apparently meaningless, event occurs, Leda is overwhelmed by memories of the difficult and unconventional choices she made as a mother and their consequences for herself and her family. The seemingly serene tale of a woman's pleasant rediscovery of herself soon becomes the story of a ferocious confrontation with an unsettled past.
The Lost Daughter is a compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood, exploring the conflicting emotions that tie us to our children.
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Number of pages: 144
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: Media tie-in
'Ferrante's novels are tactile and sensual, visceral and dizzying.' - The Guardian
'It's Leda's voice that's hypnotic, and it's the writing that makes it that way. Ferrante can do a woman's interior dialogue like no one else, with a ferocity that is shockingly honest, unnervingly blunt.' - Booklist
'Ferrante's gift for psychological horror renders it immediate and visceral.' - The New Yorker
'Ferrante is a hypnotist.' - The Spectator
'[Ferrante] describes the female experience so intimately and so vividly that the reader feels like she could (and should) know the writer personally.' - New York Magazine
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