A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

For the past 2.5 months I have been reading this one book. A library e-book that had to be renewed 4 times, and not because I am a slow reader (that's a given) but because it is 720 pages long. Except it was worth every page.

The book tells a story about four friends that all lead different lives. In the center, however, is Jude St. Frances. Jude is one of the friends that has had an incredibly difficult life. So the book title - "A Little Life" is about his life journey. Where do I even start... Since childhood, Jude's life has been ful of physical and verbal abuse, neglect, and disappointment. Abandoned by his parents, he was picked up by a monastery that gave him this name: Jude St. Frances. In spite of tremendous abuse he faced in his childhood, he becomes a gifted lawyer later in life. Yet he never shares his story with anyone.

As I made my way through the book,  I caught myself cringing,and sighing, and muttering under my breath "oh my gosh..." It's a hard book to read. Jude cuts himself to deal with emotional pain. There are scenes where the author goes into such detail, you can feel Jude's pain. There are extremely detailed scenes of violence and abuse. There are blow-by-blow descriptions of emotional anguish that Jude goes through on an every day basis. 

The only thing I didn't like about the book is it's length. Everything else- the plot, the language, the setting- I loved.  

Will I recommend it? Absolutely, if you are over 21 and have a somewhat stable psyche. Prepare yourself and buckle in- it's a hard book to read but certainly is worth it.

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