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A Little Life (Paperback)

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and for the National Book Award 2015 A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates 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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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 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.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 10/03/2016 ISBN-13: 9781447294832  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.

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Four men meet in college; serious Malcolm, excitable JB, generous Willem and the inscrutable Jude. Their relationships will last through graduate school and the decades beyond, through romance, addiction and trauma. But it is to Jude whom we return time and again, a man whose childhood had nothing childlike in it, who has suffered unspeakably and must fight just to make it through each day as his psychological and physical scars vie for prominence. A book that doesn't look for resolution or redemption-instead it considers the details that make up a life and the endurance sometimes required just to live in it. 

Ed, Floor Manager

 

A Little Life is unsettling, uncompromising, it is unforgettable. No writer has ever had such a profound effect on me as Yanigahara has done with this novel. Its scenes of pain and suffering left me wide-eyed and restless at three in the morning, though offering some respite, the moments of joy and fortune found me grinning to myself on the train. The little life in question is that of Jude St Francis, so riddled with scars and suffering that it was these fleeting scenes of happiness that made it impossible to put this book down until the breathtaking end. 

Hannah, Westfield Stratford City

 

That this book has so many Staff Picks - more than any other on our website - is testament to its ability to move - and yes, provoke - readers. Sad, painful and compassionate, at times extremely difficult to read, A Little Life has attracted both lavish praise and equally passionate criticism, and yet one thing it will never inspire is indifference, and perhaps that is its greatest achievement. Love it or hate it, I dare you to read it and feel unmoved.

Frances, Web Team

 

 

This is without a shadow of a doubt the best book I have read in my life. I can't say I enjoyed it for I could never enjoy reading/learning of such suffering, but I have been made to feel things so strongly and so vividly that I never thought a book could have that impact on a person.
 
Jude's story is beautiful, heart-breaking and hopeful all at once. I cried, I smiled, I struggled and I cried again.

Sofia, Design Team

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 24/02/2016

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