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A Little Life

2015 . Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQ . Hanya Yanagihara

8.2

Everyone

About the book

4.3/5.0

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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

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Year:

2015

Language:

English

Publisher:

Doubleday

Pages:

720

ISBN:

0385539258 (ISBN13: 9780385539258)

Reviews

Christine Balslev

3 weeks ago

10

This book! One of the best (and toughest 😭) books I have ever read.

Cristin Pacifico

3 months ago

7

Powerfully devastating. Gripping, emotionally taxing, and at times beautiful. Only for those up to a challenge

Susan Bruun

6 months ago

9

Probably one of the best books I read in 2018!

DJ Judd

1 year ago

8

Great read, beautiful prose, but be warned— it’s an emotionally exhausting read. The four protagonists are well drawn in their complexity, and the tragedies visited upon them in their lives will definitely tug on the heartstrings. It is a beautifully written, gorgeously constructed complete story that will stay with you for quite a while after you’ve finished this book.

Anette B

8 months ago

10

Pia Baunsgaard

1 year ago

9

Clara Zeller

1 year ago

10

Anne Christine Heerdegen

1 year ago

10