A Little Life

A Little Life

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by Hanya Yanagihara
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Curator’s note

This lengthy tome is a difficult book to read, with its references to sexual abuse, self-harm and suicide, but it’s also a masterpiece. This seven-part novel focuses largely on male relationships, trauma and how we recover from it, and disability. Called “the long-awaited gay novel” by The Atlantic and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this isn’t one to miss.

This novel was donated by a lovely supporter of our library!

Synopsis 

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light. Truly an amazement—and a great gift for its readers.

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realise, 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.

About the author

Hanya Yanagihara is an American novelist, editor, and travel writer who grew up in Hawaii. 



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