The Italian author’s 38-page children’s book will be published in the U.S. in December, just in time for the holidays.
The Beach at Night is aimed at children age 6 to 10, who will certainly appreciate that the book is based on Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter. (Not, it should be noted, My Brilliant Friend, which also features dolls that gets lost.)
The book was actually published in Italy back in 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal, but didn’t get much attention. The English version, published by Europa Editions, will be translated by Ann Goldstein, like all Ferrante’s other books. And judging by that creepy illustration, this tale of a doll abandoned overnight by its owner will be much scarier than Toy Story.