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I think about this book every day , it is so deeply affecting, the characters are so memorable, the writing is so courageous. But grab hold of your seat because it will take you to deep dark places that you may never have traveled to before. — Liz Barnum
The characters in this utterly devastating novel about unspeakable suffering, loyalty, and love will insert themselves into your heart, perhaps for a lifetime. This is a novel to be discussed, wept over, celebrated. — Amy Palmer
As you read this novel, these characters feel as though they are a part of your life. Stunning, heartbreaking, life changing. You will not walk away from this book unaffected. — Jess Elder
Every page of A Little Life will break or warm your heart. Snippets of Jude's past, a childhood of abuse and misery, are followed by gestures of love and kindness from his friends. Dense and emotionally exhausting, this is the most rewarding novel I've read in years. — Amelia Stymacks
This novel explores friendship at its most tragic and its most uplifting. Yanagihara’s story is deeply woven into the lives of four men. Without cloaking despair, the author illuminates how deeply transformative friendship can be. — Becki Trudell
“With heartaching perfection, Yanagihara follows four college roommates through three decades of relationships, careers, struggles, and triumphs. She opens episodic windows into the worlds of JB, Malcolm, Willem, and Jude - the artist, the architect, the actor, and the lawyer. At the novel's heart is Jude, the group's emotional epicenter and its eternal mystery who is determined to keep his past hidden and to shoulder its terrible effects on the present. A Little Life is a deeply felt journey through friendship, love, trust, and hurt that immerses the reader so fully each character becomes a friend and the intricacies of their lives are sorely missed after the last page is turned.”
— Melinda Powers, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA