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The Beach at Night
by Elena Ferrante and Mara Cerri and Ann Goldstein


Overview - Named one of The Guardian 's "Best Books of 2016"
From the author of My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante returns to a story that animated the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a a writer: The Lost Daughter .
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More About The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante; Mara Cerri; Ann Goldstein
 
 
 
Overview
Named one ofThe Guardian's "Best Books of 2016"
From the author of My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante returns to a story that animated the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a a writer: The Lost Daughter. But this time the tale takes the form of a children's fable told from the point of view of the lost (stolen ) doll, Celina. Celina is having a terrible night, one full of jealousy for the new kitten, Minu, feelings of abandonment and sadness, misadventures at the hands of the beach attendant, and dark dreams. But she will be happily found by Mati, her child, once the sun rises.
Accompanied by the oneiric illustrations of Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night is a story for all of Ferrante's many ardent fans."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781609453701
  • ISBN-10: 1609453700
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • Publish Date: November 2016
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Accidentally left at the beach by a five-year-old girl named Mati, a doll endures a disturbing night by the sea in pseudonymous novelist Ferrante's (nominal) first children's book. Narrating in first person, the doll doesn't mince words, whether about the cat that she fears has displaced her ("I hope he has diarrhea, and vomits, and stinks so much that Mati is grossed out and gets rid of him") or about the Mean Beach Attendant who shows up, rakes the doll and other discarded objects into a pile, and sets them on fire, all while singing an obscene song ("Open your maw/ I've shit for your craw/ Drink up the pee/ Drink it for me"). Readers only learn the doll's name, Celina, when the beach attendant pulls a hook from his mouth, "hanging on a disgusting thread of saliva," to steal it from her. Cerri's eerie scenes of the glassy-eyed doll are well-suited to the ominous nature of Ferrante's story, but although Celina and Mati are eventually reunited, it's the disconcerting combination of the doll's intensely human emotions and complete lack of agency that leaves the strongest impression. Ages 610. (Nov.)

 
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