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A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life

By Hanya Yanagihara

  • Release Date: 2015-03-10
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,759 Ratings

Description

NATIONAL 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 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST A MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

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 new novel, To Paradise, coming in January 2022.

Reviews

  • Emotional roller coaster

    4
    By 12071982
    It’s an amazing book, sometimes it was slow and i had to force myself to keep reading at other times i couldn’t stop. It’s heartbreaking and tragic. Don’t read this if you want a happy ever after ending.
  • I hate to love it so much

    1
    By Henrik Lynn
    I kept finding myself putting down the book multiple times while I was reading this . There wasn’t a single chapter that didn’t absolutely pull me in and pull my tears out . At some parts I even caught myself gripping the back of my book cover so much that I even have to go out and buy a new one for my book shelf , it was completely wrinkled . As much as I love the book , I will never read or even grab the book again , I just know that I could never be able to go through again the way I did in my first and last read . It was raw, brutal, heartbreaking, emotionally draining and indecipherably wonderful .
  • An emotional roller coaster

    5
    By 4nowdone
    A riveting tale, so heartbreaking, yet endearing.
  • Brilliant

    5
    By Jersey Shore Girl 1014
    This is my second time reading this book and my heart is broken into a million pieces at my feet. Again. Simply, this book is about life. The struggles, the sadness and madness, the beauty, the absolute human cruelty, the love through redemption, the sweetness and bitterness of everyday existence. It is brilliantly written. It will make you laugh and make you cry. It’s full of anguish and pure love and healing. Of torment. Of friendship. It’s a difficult and brutal read in parts but stay with it. Trust me, it will remain with you long after the last page is turned.
  • my all time favorite book but

    5
    By madelyn kt
    hanya yanagihara absolutely outdid herself with this. it is such a raw and well put story that i can not even begin to explain. however, it is so heart wrenching that i do not know when i will be able to pick this up again to reread or when i will be ready to read another book. i think about the characters every single day and will carry this books story with me for the rest of my life. please look up trigger warnings before reading this!
  • Not for the faint of heart, worth it.

    5
    By LR307
    Dark. Pulls you down and somehow you climb back up. Fascinating story and characters.
  • A little life

    5
    By kayjun520
    Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. It’s moved to the top of my favorite reads. All the pain, suffering, love, relationships, and the way you can feel every ounce of it. I appreciate the title after finishing. It’s the perfect title.
  • Exhausted

    2
    By sheryljo13
    Sad and emotionally draining
  • AHHH

    5
    By pdjdjdjd
    literally what happened, I’ve cried so hard but it was worth it ily jude
  • best book ever

    5
    By avesmac
    no book has or ,i’m guessing will ever compare. life altering, might need to emotionally prepare

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