This novel begins by telling the stories of four close college friends, but ultimately focuses on one of them in particular – Jude. He and his unspeakable past are the book’s fulcrum. Some parts made me cry and others made me nauseous. I wouldn’t have been able to read this novel if it had begun with Jude’s childhood, but it helped (unsure if that’s the right word?) that his adulthood was established first. I agree with criticism that “A Little Life” is a tome and begs for a severe edit. And like some other readers, I too wonder why Jude is so loved by his friends? I guess his physical beauty, his mysteriousness, and his obvious suffering make them want to save or help him.
Gwenamon says: Immensely depressing and sometimes overwritten, but I still liked it