A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara
832 pages | Anchor Books
The much lauded new novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction, the acclaimed author of The People in the Trees. An epic story of love and friendship in today's world, sure to be the literary event of the season in paperback.
In Hanya Yanagihara's profoundly moving novel, four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York in search of fame and fortune. Broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition, over the decades their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. At the center of the group is withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a terrifyingly talented litigator scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A work of profound power and beauty and a hymn to brotherly bonds, A Little Life is a masterful depiction of love and friendship in the twenty-first century; and the families that we choose, rather than the ones we are born into. In Jude's story, Yanagihara has fashioned a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance like no other.