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A Little Life (Hardcover)

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    I have not yet found one person who didn't want to talk endlessly about this book with anyone else who has read it. It's the kind of book that requires a support group. It packs such a powerful emotional punch that you're not quite the same when it's over. Centered around four male college friends and following them into their fifties, A Little Life is anything but little: in length, in breadth, in impact. It's not for the weak of heart; you will be reduced to tears at several points but don't let that deter you. It's quite literally a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. (Christine)

    — From Christine




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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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

    In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

    About the Author

    Hanya Yanagihara is the author of"The People in the Trees."She lives in New York City."
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780385539258
    ISBN-10: 0385539258
    Publisher: Doubleday Books
    Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
    Pages: 736
    Language: English