What I’m Reading | A Little Life
by ON THE ROCKKS
So, I wanted to do a different post today and talk about what I am currently reading! I had this book recommended to me and wanted to share it with all of you. The book is called A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It was published in 2015 and boasts 832 pages.
A summary of the book that I have quoted from GoodReads.com (to be sure I don’t release any additional spoilers): “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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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.”
It’s a very long read that you can very easily fall into for hours on end (perfect for a long flight). It is complex, compelling, and explores the levels and layers of friendship forged over decades that is rooted in the deepest of loves.
I am so in love with this book and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a book that really will pull at your heartstrings.
Until next time.