A Little Life
Books | Fiction / Literary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A stunning “portrait of the enduring grace of friendship” (NPR) about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. A masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century.NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST • WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZEA Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara’s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.Look for Hanya Yanagihara’s latest bestselling novel, To Paradise.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"This story follows four college friends into adulthood, a simple premise with a set of complicated characters. The author does not shy away from really difficult topics and situations, so heed all trigger warnings (as noted in most all reviews). I was immersed in these lives, but had to pause several times to absorb the gravity of the trauma. Not a light read. "
"One of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I’ve ever read. I feel like these characters will forever be in my mind. "
"Relentlessly sad and exquisitely written, Hanya Yanagihara spares us no mercy when revealing the story of such a broken, intense young man, and it is a difficult read. Its brilliant writing, its broken characters, and its bleak, unforgiving story dug into my heart. This book is one of my favorites so far this year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 **Strongly recommend checking trigger warnings prior if you are sensitive to sexual assault, self harm, abuse, etc. "
"just finished a couple seconds ago and im literally sobbing right now…it took me a while to finish this one, not because it was so long or boring but because how much i relate to it and how difficult it was to read this book but i truly loved this one. hit too close to home but the last four sentences of this book has me still sobbing. 🫂💗"