Hanya Yanagihara

discusses

A Little Life:
A Novel

in conversation with CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
30
Monday
November 30, 2015
8:00 PM ET
(Doors at 6:30)

Location

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome acclaimed novelist HANYA YANAGIHARA and GrubStreet Artistic Director CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI for a discussion and Q&A on A Little Life, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award.

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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 litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.
 
In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned 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.

A Little Life becomes a surprisingly subversive novel—one that uses the middle-class trappings of naturalistic fiction to deliver an unsettling meditation on sexual abuse, suffering, and the difficulties of recovery. And having upset our expectations once, Yanagihara does it again, by refusing us the consolations we have come to expect from stories that take such a dark turn. . . . Yanagihara’s novel can also drive you mad, consume you, and take over your life. Like the axiom of equality, A Little Life feels elemental, irreducible—and, dark and disturbing though it is, there is beauty in it.” —The New Yorker

"Through insightful detail and her decade-by-decade examination of these people’s lives, Yanagihara has drawn a deeply realized character study that inspires as much as devastates. It’s a life, just like everyone else’s, but in Yanagihara’s hands, it’s also tender and large, affecting and transcendent; not a little life at all." —The Washington Post

Christopher Castellani
Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani's fourth novel, Leading Men, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, will be published by Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of the novels All This Talk of Love, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena. His essays on point of view in fiction, The Art of Perspective, was published by Graywolf in 2016. He has taught in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and at Swarthmore College. He lives in Boston, where he is artistic director of GrubStreet.

Photo credit: Michael Joseph

Hanya Yanagihara
Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.

Cambridge Public Library
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