A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life

By Hanya Yanagihara

  • Release Date: 2015-05-21
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 244 Ratings
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"Astonishing and unsettling ... A masterwork" San Francisco Chronicle

"A book that demands to be read." Wall Street Journal

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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


Shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction 2016
Winner of The Kirkus Prize 2015
Finalist for the National Book Awards 2015

"Transporting . . . A Little Life is not to be missed." Evening Standard

"The first must-read novel of the year" Kirkus

"A singularly profound and moving work . . . It's not often that you read a book of this length and find yourself thinking "I wish it was longer" but Yanagihara takes you so deeply into the lives and minds of these characters that you struggle to leave them behind." The Times

"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." Independent

"Utterly compelling . . . quite an extraordinary novel. It is impossible to put down . . . And it is almost impossible to forget." Daily Express


  • A Little Life, a HUGE read

    By L. Key
    This book is so beautifully well written, it blew me away and had me thinking about the characters and their relationships in between reading sessions. Oh how it made me cry too. Wow.
  • Heavy reading

    By Fashionably yours
    Not for light hearted!
  • A Little Life

    By Reynolds.R
    I loved this book and all its characters especially Willem and Jude. It hurt my heart as I became so involved in their lives. A masterpiece.
  • Moving. Touching. Disturbing. Wonderful.

    By Cevb
    Please read. You’ll fall in love with this book.
  • It will change you for life.

    By EmmaOceanxo
    The saddest most heartbreaking book I’ve ever read. The characters and story will stick with you for life. Don’t read unless you’re prepared to cry!
  • An epic book

    By itsabelly
    A book that you won’t be able to put down, despite it breaking your heart over and over
  • Simply astonishing!

    By Maaaaaacccccccc
    I loved this book! The beginning engaged me, the middle left me hanging on every page and the end left me reeling. A truely emotional journey!
  • A Little life

    By Brons Tower
    This is one I may read again one day, touching, real,exposing and heartbreaking.
  • A Little Life

    By Winnismygirl
    This was one of the most amazing books I have ever read. The complex story of the four friends and their intertwined lives, each of them flawed in a particular way, took me on a journey that I didn't want to end. Those who love to be totally engaged in a book will love this one.
  • A little life 💔

    By Eesac88
    Heartbreaking. Soul wrenching but beautiful