A Little LifeHanya Yanagihara
American novelist Hanya Yanagihara brings to life the incredible story of four college friends – the actor Willem, the painter JB, the architect Malcolm and the lawyer Jude – in this powerful and perfectly crafted novel.
A Little Life commences shortly after the friends graduate from college in Massachusetts and move to New York to follow their dreams. It then takes you on a rollercoaster ride that spans over three decades, where friendships strengthen and weaken, and romantic relationships begin and end. And, amongst all of these ups and downs, we observe the trajectory of their professional careers.
I have never read a book like this before, nor do I believe I ever will again. The writing is flawless and the characters are so well developed that by page 100 you know them well enough to call them your friends.
Throughout the novel, the characters are stretched beyond unthinkable limits. By the time I finished, I was physically and mentally spent and I marvelled that a book had made me feel that way. This book is overwhelmingly sad; but where there is darkness, there is also light.