A Little Life (MP3 CD)

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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

A phenomenally written character study of four college friends, following them throughout their lives. The story centers around Jude, a lawyer with a mysterious past that is slowly unraveled. Jude’s story is heartbreaking and tragic to the highest degree-it is a harrowing and deeply upsetting read. The redemption of A Little Life, however, comes from the stunning portrayal of genuine camaraderie and the importance of meaningful connections in our lives. The brutality of Jude’s story only further exaggerates the value of companionship and love, and highlights the high moments in each characters’ lives. Read with caution because this book will wreck you.

Madison Gallup

March '15 Indie Next List

“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


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 publisher.

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781511358606
ISBN-10: 1511358602
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Language: English