A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara
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A stunning "portrait of the enduring grace of friendship" (NPR) about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. A masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century.




A Little Life follows four college classmates-broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition-as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara's stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.

Look for Hanya Yanagihara's new novel, To Paradise, coming in January 2022.


THE ELEVENTH APARTMENT had only one closet, but it did have a sliding glass door that opened onto a small balcony, from which he could see a man sitting across the way, outdoors in only a T-shirt and ...

About the Author:

Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.Hanya Yanagihara is available for select speaking engagements. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau at speakers@penguinrandomhouse.com or visit www.prhspeakers.com.

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3/22/2023 9:31:26 PM
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2/2/2023 4:22:22 PM
Loved It
1/23/2023 6:15:07 AM
Loved It

This book will take you inside the lives of four close friends as they deal with some very heavy situations. Abuse, suicide, and death, but also a strong bond between partners. Excellent!

1 reader liked this
10/10/2022 12:56:54 PM
Loved It

The story of A Little Life is the most tragic ever told. Oh, very lovely

1 reader liked this
10/10/2022 12:56:56 PM
engrossing, friendship, abuse...More

You should be prepared for some serious downtime with this book. Don't let it put you off, but make sure you're in a decent frame of mind before diving in.

1 reader liked this
10/10/2022 12:57:00 PM
Loved It

This heartbreaking story about four college pals & explores the healing power of friendship in the face of adversity.

10/7/2022 4:44:49 PM
Liked It

I can't decide how I feel about this book. It's a fantastic study of character, but the story made me too depressed

10/6/2022 4:06:38 AM
Loved It
heartbreaking and raw

A brilliant work! I don't often (if ever) say this about a book, but this one really impressed me.

10/6/2022 12:23:14 PM

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