The first new work of fiction in over five years by Elena Ferrante, mega best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend/Neapolitan Novels/Neapolitan Quartet (17 millions copies sold worldwide, 3.7 millions copies sold in North America)
Screen adaptation rights sold to Netflix.
Audiobooks rights sold to PRHA - celebrity narrator Marisa Tomei announced in August
Major film in production: Elena Ferrante's The Lost Daughter starring Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal in production, planned 2021 release
Previous titles New York Times and ABA National Indie Bestsellers and Long-sellers (Over 50 weeks on bestseller lists, including #1 ABA National Indie, #1 Amazon Bestseller, #2 New York Times, #20 Combined Print and Ebook New York Times, USA Today, PW combined)
Week of 4/19/2020: My Brilliant Friend (2012) is an ABA National Indie Bestseller at #26, 8 years after publication
Translated by Ann Goldstein, translator of previous books and "a rare celebrity among translators." (Wall Street Journal)
Author was a TIME Magazine 2016 Most Influential Person of the Year
Major HBO series, My Brilliant Friend, season 2 March-6 May 2020, season 3 t.k. 2021
Readers of literary fiction, general fiction, upmarket women's fiction, international literature, book club fiction Ferrante readers are politically and culturally engaged, college educated, frequent mainstream media consumers (NPR/WaPo/NYT etc); readerships skews to women between 25-65
Readers of Elizabeth Strout, Zadie Smith, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Karl Ove Knausgaard
Purchase physical, electronic and audio books primarily from brick & mortar indie bookstores, B&N, Hudson, and online retailers like Amazon, Bookshop, BN.com
Readership clusters around Engaged Enthusiasts, Buzz Followers, and Super Fans.
Key markets: New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and Philadelphia