A Little Life.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara has been on my radar for a little while now, ever since the first reviews started trickling on to the internet that described it as being both 'beautiful' and 'devastating'. Tell me a story will break my heart and I'll probably be there quicker than you can say 'don't forget to bring the tissues'. Last week the Booker long list was announced and although I'm usually terrible at predicting these things, I wasn't surprised to see this on there. Like The Luminaries this novel, with its deep character explorations, has the Booker Prize written all over it.

"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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realise, 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."

I'm only a few pages in so there's not really much I can say, but I think the amount of page flags I have in there so far says it all. In fact, I might need to nip out tomorrow and buy some more if the rest is as beautifully written as these opening chapters. A novel I will read slowly over the coming week, I'm planning to savour every page whilst trying to prepare as much as possible for the emotional loop-the-loops of the roller coaster that I can see just ahead.

What are you currently reading? 
Have you read A Little Life?

- Jennie



  1. This sounds really interesting and not like most things I've read! I'll definitely keep an eye out for this x

    Josie’s Journal

  2. Wow! Looking forward to your full review.

    Tara xx

    1. I don't think I'm going to be able to do it justice!

  3. I've seen this book a lot the past week or so, I'll definitely have to check it out. Hope you enjoy it :)

    Amelia from wondereads

    1. Definitely one to keep an eye out for!


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