Beach Reads: “A Little Life”

“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

Literary Fiction/Contemporary/Adult
Publication Date: January 26, 2016 in paperback

All your friends have read it, warned you about the inevitable breakdown it will cause, and now it’s time to take a deep dive into this mammoth 720-pager. At this point, “A Little Life” has practically become a fashion accessory, but don’t let its ubiquity fool you. Yanagihara’s epic story of love and friendship tracing the lives of four close-knit college friends through the tumult of post-college years to the supposed stability of full-blown adulthood is worth the commitment. Perhaps the most emotionally taxing novel of 2015/2016, it allows the reader to so deeply identify with the characters at the heart of the novel that there is no choice but to keep on reading despite the seemingly endless barrage of tragic circumstances.

This book is available in paperback for $17. You can find this book and many other great reads at Cape Atlantic Book Company, located at 421 Washington Street Mall, Cape May, in the Center City Mall on the second floor, at the top of the escalator. For book availability and other information, call (609) 846-7688.