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The Lying Life of Adults

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"AN INCENDIARY PORTRAIT OF THE VOLCANIC CURRENTS OF SEX AND BETRAYAL."-Mail on SundayTHE INTERNATIONAL No. 1 BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF MY BRILLIANT FRIENDA BBC2 Between The Covers Book Club PickBRITISH BOOK AWARDS 2021 - SHORTLISTED FOR FICTION BOOK OF THE YEARGiovanna's pretty face has changed: it's turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Where must she look to find her true reflection and a life she can claim as her own?Giovanna's search leads her to two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity.<br><br>Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other. Set in a divided Naples, The Lying Life of Adults is a singular portrayal of the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER"This is no amiable coming-of-age tale...<br><br>the most intense writing about the experiences and interior life of a girl on the cusp of adulthood that I have ever read. It is brilliant."-The Financial Times"An astonishing, deeply moving tale."-The Guardian "Ferrante confronts female sexual awakening with such an absence of romantic enchantment it leaves you gasping."-The Daily Mail WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:"Brilliant as always."-Jan on Amazon"A tightly crafted and gripping story."-Maxwell on Goodreads"Excellent book. My only complaint was that it ended too soon!"-Mhairi on Amazon"I woke up eagerly looking forward to reading more of this novel every single day."-Violet on Goodreads"Fans of Elena Ferrante will not be disappointed."-Lesley on Amazon




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