'One of the pleasures of fiction is how suddenly a brilliant writer can alter the literary landscape . . . Yanagihara's new book announces her as a major American novelist. Here is an epic study of trauma and friendship written with such intelligence and depth of perception that it will be one of the benchmarks against which all other novels that broach those subjects (and they are legion) will be measured.' - Wall Street Journal
This is one of the most stunning novels that we have read this year and quite frankly, the words that we might write could never do it justice. One need only look at the quotes it has received to know that this novel is a rare breed, a large page turner of a literary novel that will make you feel such a wide range of emotions that by the time you have finished you will be completely lost. We can't recommend this novel enough, and we have extremely high hopes for this novel and believe that it should definitely be a Booker Prize contender.
A tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.
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sometimes cruel painter pursuing fame in the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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 lawyer yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by a degree of trauma that he fears he will not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever . . .