Item #8092 A Little Life. Hanya Yanagihara.
A Little Life

A Little Life. A Novel

New York: Doubleday, 2015. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's maroon cloth over dark blue paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.

"Wasn’t friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?" Signed first edition of Hanya Yanagihara's acclaimed second novel. An unconventional and somewhat controversial bildungsroman, the unsparing narrative follows the lives of four male classmates, recently graduated from a prestigious, unnamed Massachusetts college and moved to New York. The story’s main focus is the group’s most mysterious member, Jude St. Francis, who has been physically and psychologically marred by myriad childhood tragedies. The book, which took Yanagihara over ten years to write and was largely inspired by the "orphaned children" in fairytales, was not only praised by critics but also produced a huge fanbase upon publication. The work has been praised as an ambitious chronicle of queer life and an essential contribution to the contemporary gay literature canon. The dust jacket features a photo entitled "Orgasmic Man," from a series queer New York photographer Peter Hujar produced in the 1960s. Signed by Yanagihara on the title page. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #8092


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