The Lost Daughter by Elena FerranteFrom the author of The Days of Abandonment, The Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrantes most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood yet. Leda, a middle-aged divorce, is alone for the first time in years when her daughters leave home to live with their father. Her initial, unexpected sense of liberty turns to ferocious introspection following a seemingly trivial occurrence. Ferrantes language is as finely tuned and intense as ever, and she treats her theme with a fierce, candid tenacity.
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The Lost Daughter
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, 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. This candid fiction represents her most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood thus far.
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This study guide was created using the following version of the book: Ferrante, Elena. The Lost Daughter. Europa Editions, Eighth printing. Leda, a middle-aged English professor at a university in Florence, Italy, decides to spend the summer away from the city, at the seashore. Her grown daughters, Bianca and Marta, have moved to Canada to live with their father, Gianni, from whom Leda is divorced, and for the first time in years, Leda feels free to go away by herself and do as she pleases. She rents an apartment in a seaside town and prepares to enjoy a relaxing summer, reading and writing on the beach.
University lecturer Leda, long divorced from her husband, has just seen her grown-up daughters move to Toronto to be with their father, leaving her to enjoy her independence as she sees fit.
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The list of actors-turned directors is long, but it's about to get one more name added to it: Maggie Gyllenhaal. This standalone story is not part of the famous author's Neapolitan Quartet, but it is a highly acclaimed novel about regret and redemption that fans of Ferrante's other work will love. On Friday, Deadline revealed that Gyllenhaal teamed up with Pie Films to secure the film rights to The Lost Daughter , a standalone novel by the acclaimed and mysterious author of the Neapolitan novels. Gyllenhaal will write and produce alongside Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren, who she previously partnered with on the highly anticipated Netflix thriller The Kindergarten Teacher. The Lost Daughter follows Leda, a middle-aged divorcee who takes a break from her busy life as an English teacher and a mother with a holiday by the sea. While her children are with their father in Canada, Leda settles into a surprisingly liberated life in a small coastal town in southern Italy. But her tranquil getaway is interrupted when she encounters a family whose presence isn't just unsettling, but possibly threatening.