Shelf-Control #4

Shelf Control is a weekly instalment created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. I love the idea of looking at my own bookshelf and getting excited to read what I already own. Here the little introduction from Bookshelf Fantasies:

Instead of always looking ahead to upcoming new releases, I thought I’d start a weekly feature focusing on already released books that I want to read. Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, books that are either on my shelves or on my Kindle!

You can find the original post here.

Title: A Little Life

Author: Hanya Yanagihara

Published: 2015

Length: 720 pages

What it’s about:

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. 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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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 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.

How and when I got it:

I got this book during a book swap.

Why I want to read it:

I’ve heard that this book was tough but worth the commitment. I know that the only reason why I haven’t got around to reading it yet is the length of it…

2 thoughts on “Shelf-Control #4

  1. This book has been recommended to me so many times, and I hear it’s beautifully written — but like you, the length is what’s keeping me away.

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