The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter

Book - 2008
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From the author of My Brilliant Friend

Leda is a middle-aged divorcée 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 embarassed 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, seemingly 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 apparently serene tale of a woman's pleasant rediscovery of herself soon becomes the story of a ferocious confrontation with an unsettled past.

Following the extraordinary success of The Days of Abandonment , Elena Ferrante's standalone novel The Lost Daughter candidly explores the conflicting emotions that tie us to our children.

Publisher: New York : Europa ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2008
ISBN: 9781933372426
Branch Call Number: F FER
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann


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Jun 23, 2017

Leda is a middle aged woman of two grown daughters.....she is an English literature scholar and by her own words an unnatural mother....I personally didn't care for this story...thankfully it was a short story!!!!!!!!!

Jan 08, 2017

An excellent structure of the consise, but full of woman's psychology, novel. Very human portrait of a complecated motherhood. Parenthood is never simple. Sometimes we, mothers, hide well some of ours deepest secrets, desires and challenges, but unexpected circumstances might expose burried emotions. On the other hand - it could be liberating and educational.

Oct 22, 2014

her third novel

May 29, 2014

Well written domestic thriller.

Jul 06, 2011

great psychological tension in this mystery. I just love Europa Editions as each selection is such an original read.


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