I received a free book for my honest opinion.
About the Book:
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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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.
About the Author:
Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York.
I haven’t had a book like this to read in a while; I’m talking about a long, in depth novel. Most come in at around 400 pages but A Little Life gave me 736 engrossing pages that kept me wrapped up in the stories of these young men until the very end. They are friends from college and they come to New York to find their fortunes. Each looks in a different direction and each has a distinct personality yet one is broken in a way that cannot be fixed.
This is a very character driven book so much of it takes place in conversation or in thought so if you are looking for lots of action in your reading you won’t find it in this tale but don’t discount this book because of that. Ms. Yanagihara has created four very diverse, very rich characters and brought them together one of the greatest cities in the world – it is almost a fifth character. They all try to help each other as they find their way but ultimately realize that some things are just beyond their ability to help.
The book is long but to me it was well worth the read. I am finding that I am enjoying more literary works these days and this book made me think. It’s a bit hard for me to explain in this review without giving too much away but if you seek a book like books used to be – with heft and depth – then this one will surely satisfy.
You can read an excerpt of A Little Life