A Little Life was written by Hanya Yanagihara and was published during 2015 by Doubleday. This fictional novel tells the story of four classmates who move from a small Massachusetts college to New York, looking for better opportunities of success and prosperity. Willem, JB, Malcolm, and Jude embark on challenging career paths involving the arts and law, but their journeys prove to be more trying than they expected.
As a result, their friendship is put to the test as they become engrossed in the egotistical nature of their achievements and the temptations that come with them. Yet the biggest challenge happens to be Jude and his struggle with a dark past.
NPR described it as "a wrenching portrait of the enduring grace of friendship." The Wall Street Journal described it as "an epic study of trauma and friendship." On the other hand, some Goodreads reviews take issue with the lack of believable characterizations and stereotypical events that play out, among other concerns.
Yanagihara won several literary awards for this book, including the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of The People in the Trees.