A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara’s new novel is ambitious but unwieldy
Fiction: In Paradise, Hanya Yanagihara, Picador, $ 32.99
There’s a novel somewhere with Hanya Yangihara In Paradise. In fact, there are three novels in this triptych, each 100 years apart, starting in 1893 and ending in 2093, in a slightly modified New York version. While each screenplay hints at the possibility that they work toward a large, interconnected story, all three parts read as independent works, with only trivial assignments forcing them to fit together.
Shortlisted Yanagihara Booker A little life terrorized many readers by crying in public across the world – if Twitter’s testimonials are taken at face value. The emotionally sorry story of Jude, a man left psychologically and physically damaged by a traumatic past, has continued to eclipse, at least in public reception, Marlon James’ The brief history of seven murders, who won the 2015 Man Booker.