A Little Life

4.27 based on 60820 ratings & 11617 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 10.03.2016
ISBN: 9781447294832
Number of pages: 736

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015
Shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction 2016
Finalist for the National Book Awards 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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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.

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The clarity of Yanagihara's prose is perfect for dissecting blind ambition, the consolations of work and money, and how these paper over the cracks of fragile, fractured individuals . . . A Little Life is unlike anything else out there . . . Quite simply unforgettable.
Independent on Sunday
Astonishing . . . tender, torturous and achingly alive to the undeniable pain that can scar a life.
Psychologies
Utterly enthralling . . . The phrase "tour de force" could have been invented for this audacious novel
Kirkus (Starred Review)