Friday, April 28, 2023

Shelf Control: The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante

Shelf Control is a feature where bloggers pick an unread book from our shelves and talk  about it a little. It's supposed to be a Wednesday thing but I have French Movie Mercredi on Wednesdays already, so. Shelf Control is hosted at
Today's pick is The Story of a New Name, book two of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet. It is the sequel to My Brilliant Friend, the only one of the series I've actually read. It is the continuation of the story of two young women, Elena and Lila, and their lives and loves as they take different paths in life. At the end of the first book Lila just got married and Elena witnessed her new husband's stunning betrayal of Lila at the wedding.

How and when I got it:

I got the book in 2013. I don't remember if I bought it or if Europa sent it to me. Back in the day I was a regular recipient of galleys and reading copies from them.

Why I Want to Read It

I've been watching and loving the HBO series based on the books, which is named after the first, My Brilliant Friend. I'm re-watching the first three seasons now in anticipation of season four coming out at some point soon. I want to re-immerse myself in their world and I've persuaded my husband to watch, too. So it's made me feel bad about not reading the books and I'm so curious about the choices made in the adaptations. And since I haven't read anything past book one, I don't know!

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