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A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and for the National Book Award 2015

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance.

When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever.

'A singularly profound and moving work . . . Yanagihara takes you so deeply into the lives and minds of these characters that you struggle to leave them behind.' - The Times

'Makes for near-hypnotically compelling reading, a vivid, hyperreal portrait of human existence that demands intense emotional investment.' - Independent

'You won't stop reading. And it's a novel that changes you.' - Evening Standard

Listen to an audio extract now. 

This book trailer was created in response to the reader photographs submitted to the @ALittleLife Instagram account. Read Hanya’s blog post her own inspiration and the Instagram feed here.

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781447294832
Published: 10/03/2016

Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.
 

 

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