**Trigger Warning: Please note that this book contains graphic depictions of physical and sexual abuse.
Let me just say up front this book gutted me. If you are looking to start the new year with a light fluffy read please look away now.
A Little Life is the epic(it’s 734 pages) story about the lives of four men who have been friends since college. I think that you will recognize at least one of the friends from your own relationships. The ambitious one, the damaged one, the uncertain one, the liar. The story is set mostly in New York and spans decades as the friends attempt to navigate their post college lives, while attempting to maintain the bonds they once shared. The author leaves no emotional stone unturned as they experience dazzling highs and utterly, absolutely soul crushing lows. There were plenty of times I wanted to throw my phone(read it on my Kindle app) across the room in despair. So, did I like it? Ultimately, yes I did. I tend to avoid anything that is not shiny and happy in my own life like the plague so there were sections of the book that were very draining to me. But, when I finally finished it I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I had to be grateful for in my own little life. I also thought a lot about how important it is to get to a point where you can start each day without the weight of your past accomplishments or trials, and how for some that might be impossible.
According to the internet A Little Life was short listed for the Man Booker Prize and was a National Book Award finalist. If you have read it I would LOVE to hear your thoughts. I would also like to know what you’re reading now. I just started A Brief History of Seven Killings which won the Booker Prize in 2015.
Happy New Year from this little corner of the inter webs. Thank you for reading. All the best for 2016!