A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

4.29 based on 1299 ratings & 243 reviews on Goodreads.com

2016 Nominee

British Book Awards: Fiction Book of the Year

2015 Nominee

Man Booker Prize

2015 Nominee

Waterstones Book Of The Year

2016 Nominee

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

2017 Nominee

International Dublin Literary Award

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10 March 2016
9781447294832
736 pages
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.

The million copy bestseller, 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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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 . . . It's not often that you read a book of this length and find yourself thinking "I wish it was longer" but Yanagihara takes you so deeply into the lives and minds of these characters that you struggle to leave them behind.

Fiona Wilson - The Times

A Little Life makes for near-hypnotically compelling reading, a vivid, hyperreal portrait of human existence that demands intense emotional investment . . . An astonishing achievement: a novel of grand drama and sentiment, but it's a canvas Yanagihara has painted with delicate, subtle brushstrokes.

Independent