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

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06 January 2022
9781529077216
752 pages

Synopsis

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PICADOR BOOKS

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2015

Shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction 2016

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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

Part of the Picador Collection, a new series showcasing the best of modern literature.

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.

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

One of the pleasures of fiction is how suddenly a brilliant writer can alter the literary landscape . . . Ms. Yanagihara's immense new book . . . announces her, as decisively as a second work can, as a major American novelist. Here is an epic study of trauma and friendship written with such intelligence and depth of perception that it will be one of the benchmarks against which all other novels that broach those subjects (and they are legion) will be measured.

Wall Street Journal