A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I guarantee you won’t forget this book, whether you enjoy it or not. In fact enjoy is probably not the word to use because A Little Life is brutal, yet brilliant,  harrowing and at times very hard to read. But it is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It’s the story of 4 young men – friends setting out on their lives in New York after graduating from college. It’s a coming of age novel – that starts with the friends on their various career paths – theatre, law, art, architecture. But the book soon darkens. The central question surrounds Jude who won’t tell anyone why he limps, why he doesn’t have relationships. Slowly his story, his horrific childhood, begins to unfold. Let’s just say this is not a book for the beach. The subject matter is so tough to read at times, it’s not for everyone, but it is an incredibly powerful book and I think really worth reading. It’s been shortlisted for lots of big book prizes recently – I’m surprised it hasn’t won.

3 thoughts on “A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  1. I agree with all of the above. It’s hard to read and even harder to recommend but so beautifully rendered that it deserves all of the awards and accolades. Jude will stay with me for a very long time.

  2. This book was recommended to me. So glad I read it – really missed it when I finished it.

  3. I loved loved loved this book. So beautiful. I looked forward to my tube journeys so I could read it.

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