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A Little Life

By Hanya Yanagihara
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Publisher Description

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.


A 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.

1068 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“I love how Hanya lets you go through the lives of these 4 main characters from young adults trying to make their way in the world to the end of their lives. It’s gut wrenching, beautifully written, and there is so much character growth!”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingTwistyRealistic settingThought-provokingAbuseSelf-harmSexual assaultViolence
Loudly Crying Face“Sad to say I couldn’t make it all the way through (I tried but gave up and googled the ending 🥲). This was my first character driven story, and while it’s not for me, I did enjoy what I read. I felt because it was character driven, I did find it dragging in areas, but overall I loved Jude and the writing style, and didn’t have the heart to leave this completely unfinished so I dig up the ending.”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingDarkHeartbreakingAbuseSelf-harmSexual assaultViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“probably one of the best written novels ever and yes, it really needs to be so dense to express itself fully.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyImmersive settingHeartbreaking
Red Angry Face“It really wasn't for me. While I do agree the story was devastating, I simply did not care enough about the characters to give a damn. Also, it was so unnecessarily long; could have been alot shorter and it wouldn't have mattered”
Multi-layered charactersAbuseSelf-harmSexual assaultViolence
Loudly Crying Face“An amazing read if you like to have your heart ripped out of your chest and stomped on. I could hardly read through my tears.”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDark settingDarkHeartbreakingThought-provokingAbuseSelf-harmSexual assault

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