A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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… Read more.
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Paedophilia & child sexual abuse
- Rape & rape of a child
- Child physical & emotional abuse
- Child neglect & abandonment
- Intimate partner violence & abuse
- Eating disorder
- Suicidal ideation
- Graphic attempted suicide
- Drug abuse
- Graphic death of a child