Author: Hanya Yanagihara
Publication Date: March 2015
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara was first brought to my attention winter 2016 via Tim Ferriss’s podcast, Soman Chainana – The School for Good and Evil. Once Ferriss has given a book his seal of approval I order it immediately.
Winner of the Kirkus Prize, A Man Booker Prize Finalist and A National Book Award Finalist, I had high expectations. Some background: I prefer to read books that I know nothing about. As in, I don’t read summaries, I ask people not to tell me about the book and therefore, I will not go into great detail in my reviews. Once received (Thank you Amazon Prime), I devoured the thick, 814 page novel in less than two weeks. The characters and their life stories were so captivating I sacrificed my staunch eight hours of sleep per night rule to continue reading into the night.
Yanagihara’s character development is sensational. The level of intimacy, depth of pain and illustration of torment is comparable to nothing I have read before. It is a boundless and powerful book that deserves your attention.
I advise you to read this book with a box of tissues.
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