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A Little Life
HANYA YANAGIHARA

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
2271 reviews (2015) (736p)
Amazon Best Books of 2015: Top 10 Literature & Fiction #9
Amazon Best Books of 2015: Top 100 Editors' Picks #23
Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2015: Fiction #1
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 #1
National Book Award Finalist #1
Man Booker Prize Finalist #1
ALA Notable Books - Fiction #1
Hudson Booksellers Best Books of 2015: Fiction #1
Washington Post Top 10 Books of 2015 #1
Economist Books of the Year: Fiction #1
Booklist Editor's Choice #1
Kirkus Prize Winner #1

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Book Description
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light. Truly an amazement—and a great gift for its readers.

 
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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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.
 
In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.


Other Award Winning Books by Hanya Yanagihara
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
189 reviews (2013) (384p) (PW Top10)
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Hanya Yanagihara Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 3  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 1  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 1 A Little Life ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 1 A Little Life ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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