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Hanya Yanagihara

Author of A Little Life

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About the Author

Hanya Yanagihara was born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Smith College. She has worked as a publicist, a writer and editor for Conde Nast Traveler, and a deputy editor for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Her novels include The People in the Trees and A Little Life, show more which won the Kirkus Prize for fiction in 2015. A Little Life also won Fiction Book of the Year from the 2016 British Book Industry Awards. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life (2015) 7,905 copies, 330 reviews
The People in the Trees (2013) 1,368 copies, 81 reviews
To Paradise (2022) 986 copies, 21 reviews
A Little Life (NHB Modern Plays) (2023) — Adaptor — 8 copies
Paratiisiin (2022) 3 copies

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara in Orange January/July (March 2017)


Here's what I wrote in 2015 about this read: "A lot of child abuse that haunts and never releases the person, a lot of gayness (like a really silly amount), a lot of extreme-ism and over-the-topness (like, all 4 of 4 college friends get rich and famous . . . come on), a lot of talk about this hot-selling 2015 novel. Glad I read it; we'll see to what extent its characters and story stand the (memory) test of time." Quotations in the comments section are my exact kindle highlights.
MGADMJK | 329 other reviews | Jul 6, 2024 |
Arguably the best book I've ever read. Certainly the most traumatic and emotionally-taxing novel I've ever read. A case could be made that it's too traumatic for some readers - I read news articles after I had finished reading the book about the impact that it had on readers, with some being negatively impacted by it. However, the beauty of the writing and the characters outweighs the genuinely upsetting moments in the novel, which are plentiful. I'd love to think I could read another book that will have such a forceful impact on me, but I doubt it.… (more)
IgnatiusMeany | 329 other reviews | Jun 22, 2024 |
If I could give more stars, I would. Instantly became one of my favorite books. The writing voice is so different from what I’m used to. It’s so raw and real and human. I bawled for so long during and after reading this.
EnchantedCabin | 329 other reviews | Jun 3, 2024 |
It took me almost a year to read, as I had to keep taking breaks... breaks from the heartbreak, the pain, the sorrow. But I am so glad I stuck with it; I absolutely loved it. Beautiful, emotional, heart-wrenching, unbearable... but ultimately, beautiful.
kdegour23 | 329 other reviews | May 29, 2024 |


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