A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

2015 Nominee

Man Booker Prize

2015 Nominee

Waterstones Book Of The Year

2016 Winner

British Book Awards: Fiction Book of the Year

2016 Nominee

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

2017 Nominee

International Dublin Literary Award

10 March 2017
9781447294832
736 pages

Synopsis

The million copy bestseller, Hanya Yanagihara's A little Life is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
Shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction
Winner of Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards
Finalist for the US National Book Award For Fiction

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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.

'Yanagihara takes you so deeply into the lives and minds of these characters that you struggle to leave them behind.' – The Times

'A Little Life makes for near-hypnotically compelling reading, a vivid, hyperreal portrait of human existence that demands intense emotional investment' –
Independent