A Little Life November 12 2015, 0 Comments

When I saw the Powells package in the mail this morning, my heart rejoiced and sank at the same time. Never before have I been so excited and terrified to receive a book. I watched the quiet buzz build around this one like a fever from afar and still could not decide whether I felt ready for it. Then I heard Ann Kingman talk about it on the "Books On The Nightstand" podcast. She devoted an entire episode to one single book. She tried not to break down in tears and called reading this novel one of the most extraordinary and harrowing experiences of her reading life.

Then I came upon John Powers' review for NPR: "This new book is long, page-turny, deeply moving, sometimes excessive, but always packed with the weight of a genuine experience. As I was reading, I literally dreamed about it every night. (...) With her sensitivity to everything from the emotional nuance to the play of light inside a subway car, Yanagihara is superb at capturing the radiant moments of beauty, warmth and kindness that help redeem the bad stuff. In A Little Life, it's life's evanescent blessings that maybe, but only maybe, can save you."

That did it for me. I knew I had to get a copy of "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara.