A Little Life

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Book Title: A Little Life

Author: Hanya Yanagihara

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: March 10th 2016

Genre(s): Literary Fiction

Pages: 736

Format Received: ARC (eBook)

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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

My Review: First and foremost I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of this novel.

5 stars is just not enough to rate this book. I don’t actually think any amount of stars would be enough. I am both blown away and heartbroken and then again I think ‘heartbroken’ is an understatement.

A Little Life is not an easy read. Although I’ve wanted to stay awake at night, all night, to read further into this sad and powerfully disturbing novel or wished to endure longer reading hours, I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. I have ended up needing to take a lot of breaks whilst reading this novel due to the dark places I felt the novel was sucking me into.

Although the descriptions about this novel states that the book is about four college friends, it mainly focuses on one alone with the others extraordinarily developing alongside. The one character that is does focus on is so broken and damaged in an array of ways that I often stopped to think ‘how can this be?’

This is not a novel of romance, but a love story, a love story of friendship that took me on a journey like no other I’ve EVER been on.

About the Author: Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.

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