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A Little Life: A Novel

A Little Life: A Novel

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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.

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light. Truly an amazement—and a great gift for its readers.
 
When four classmates 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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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.
 
In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

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Editorial Reviews

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST •  

MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST •  

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE •

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:The New York Times The Washington PostThe Wall
Street Journal
•  NPR  • Vanity Fair
VogueMinneapolis
Star Tribune
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The GuardianO, The
Oprah Magazine
•  Slate  • Newsday
•  Buzzfeed  •
The Economist
NewsweekPeople
Kansas City Star •  Shelf Awareness  • Time Out New York
Huffington Post •  Book Riot  •  Refinery29  • Bookpage
Publishers WeeklyKirkus

“Astonishing.” —The Atlantic

Deeply moving. . . . A wrenching portrait of the enduring grace of
friendship.” —NPR

“Elemental, irreducible.

” —The New Yorker“Hypnotic. . . . An intimate, operatic friendship
between four men.” —The Economist “Capacious and consuming. . . .
Immersive.

” —The Boston Globe“Beautiful.” —Los Angeles Times

“Exquisite. . . . It’s not hyperbole to call this novel a masterwork—if
anything that word is simply just too little for it.” —San Francisco
Chronicle

“Remarkable. . . . 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. . . .A Little Life announces [Yanagihara] as a major
American novelist.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Utterly gripping. Wonderfully romantic and sometimes harrowing,A Little
Life
kept me reading late into the night, night after night.” —Edmund
White

“Spellbinding . . . . An exquisitely written, complex triumph.” —O, The
Oprah Magazine

“Drawn in extraordinary detail by incantatory prose. . . . Affecting and
transcendent.” —The Washington Post

“[A Little Life] lands with a real sense of occasion: the arrival
of a major new voice in fiction. . . . Yanagihara’s achievement has less to do
with size . . . than with the breadth and depth of its considerable power,
which speaks not to the indomitability of the spirit, but to the fragility of
the self.” —Vogue

“Exquisite. . . . The book shifts from a generational portrait to something
darker and more tender: an examination of the depths of human cruelty,
counterbalanced by the restorative powers of friendship.” —The New Yorker

“A book unlike any other. . . .A Little Life asks serious questions
about humanism and euthanasia and psychiatry and any number of the part is
pris of modern western life. . . . A devastating read that will leave your
heart, like the Grinch’s, a few sizes larger.” —The Guardian

“Exceedingly good.” —Newsweek

A Little Life is unlike anything else out there. Over the top,
beyond the pale and quite simply unforgettable.” —The Independent

“Piercing. . . . [Yanagihara is] an author with the talent to interrogate
the basest and most beautiful extremes of human behaviour with sustained,
bruising intensity.” —The Times Literary Supplement

“A brave novel. . . . Impressive and moving.” —Literary Review

“Enthralling and completely immersive. . . . Stunning.” —Daily News

 

About the Author

Hanya Yanagihara is an American novelist, editor, and travel writer. She grew up in Hawaii. She is best known for her bestselling novel A Little Life, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Booker Prize, and for being the editor-in-chief of T Magazine. Wikipedia

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