Everything you need to understand or teach The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante.
Elena Ferrante's unforgettable characters return in The Story of a New Name. In this installment, Lila and Elena continue on the paths they started in the first novel, My Brilliant Friend. Lila is still a forceful, decisive, and committed young woman. This is problematic for the time period in which she lives and for the people around her. Elena, although gifted with intelligence and a magical writing ability, continues to worry about her place in the world. As the girls march down vastly different paths amid the changing social and political climate of the 1960s, they gain and lose love and position along the way.