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A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

Title: A Little Life

Author:  Hanya Yanagihara

ISBN:  9781447294818

Weight:  990g

Delivery:  Extra £1.00 [heavy book]

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting and profoundly moving book in many a season.

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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

A novel of extraordinary intelligence and heart, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark and haunting examination of the tyranny of experience and memory.

Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is an epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever travelled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light.

Peer & Press Reviews

Hanya Yanagihara’s no-holds-barred second novel A Little Life has established her as a major new voice in US fiction.

Tim Adams, The Observer

A Little Life makes for near-hypnotically compelling reading, a vivid, hyperreal portrait of human existence that demands intense emotional investment…  An astonishing achievement: a novel of grand drama and sentiment, but it’s a canvas Yanagihara has painted with delicate, subtle brushstrokes.

The Independent

How many times a year are you blown away by a book?  That feeling that you can’t stop reading, that your life might be a little bit changed?  …I felt in the presence of genius, and 14 sleepless hours later I inhaled the last few sentences knowing I had found a masterpiece…  Objectively, parts of this are a gruelling read, but such is the author’s skill that the pages do seem to turn themselves as we race towards finding out the terrible secrets of Jude’s dark trauma…  I will be heading to the barricades if this doesn’t win prizes galore.

Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller

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Attribute Details
Title: A Little Life
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes:

Books Are My Bag 2016 – winner (fiction)

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 – longlist

National Book Awards 2015 – shortlist (fiction)

Man Booker Prize 2015 – shortlist

Book Stats
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781447294818
ISBN 10: 1447294815
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 720
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 162 x 52mm
Weight: 1.2kg [heavy book]
Design Credits
Jacket image: Shutterstock

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