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A LITTLE LIFE HANYA YANAGIHARA

September 1, 2015

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A LITTLE LIFE HANYA YANAGIHARA

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, most ultra-Dickensian places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light.     
 
When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college who come 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 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 Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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 come to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet a 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.
     

 

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