This is truly an astonishing piece of writing, that will drain you, make you cry and take over your life whilst reading it. Yanagihara has the amazing ability to pull you into the story that it feels like you are living the story as you read it.

An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light. When four graduates 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.

The book is 640 pages long and not a word is wasted, there’s no element of the story that could be removed nor edited down, a fantastic achievement that makes A Little Life my desert island book.

Pan Macmillan/£16.99/9781447294818

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