Get ready for a new round of Ferrante fever.
That’s good news for hardcore Ferrante fans, but only ones who happen to parla italiano. Still, Ferrante’s English-language publisher, New York-based Europa Editions, had some encouraging words for her admirers in the States.
“As announced by our colleagues in Italy…this morning, Elena Ferrante’s new novel will be available in bookstores in Italy on November 7,” the publisher tweeted. “We don’t expect to keep readers of the English edition waiting too long.”
Europa Editions also shared the first four sentences of the novel, translated by Ann Goldstein, in a Twitter post. “Two years before leaving home my father said to my mother that I was very ugly,” the book begins.
Ferrante is the pen name of an author who has kept her identity secret. While some journalists and researchers have tried to unearth her real name, others have urged readers to respect her wish for anonymity.
She is best known to American readers for her Neapolitan novels, a four-book series that formed the basis for the HBO series My Brilliant Friend. Her most recent books to be published in English, a nonfiction collection titled Frantumaglia and a children’s book, The Beach at Night, were both released in 2016.
The title of Ferrante’s upcoming novel has yet to be revealed.
Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.