A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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A Little Life
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Author(s) Hanya Yanagihara
Published March 10, 2015
Publisher Doubleday
Genre(s) Contemporary Fiction
Age group Adult


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an adult contemporary novel, originally published on March 10, 2015.

Trigger Warnings

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  • Ableism (violent)
    Dismissal of chronic pain, physical abuse after showcasing disability, character is raped because of his disability. This happens in The Axiom of Equality, Chapter One.
  • Child abandonment
    A baby is left in a dumpster
  • Child abuse
  • Child death
    Detailed, The Axiom of Equality Chapter Two.
  • Child molestation
  • Drug abuse
  • Domestic violence/abuse
    Has the potential to lead to a possible murder. The Axiom of Equality, Chapter One and Two.
  • Eating disorder
  • Emotional abuse
  • Gaslighting
  • Lesbophobia (unchallenged)
  • Manipulation
  • Pedophilia
  • Physical abuse
    Character is constantly hit by people raising him as a child. He is later hit by a partner as an adult.
  • Prostitution
    Of a child (from nine to twelve years old). The Axiom of Equality, Chapter Three.
  • Rape
    The Axiom of Equality, Chapter One and Chapter Two. Child rape at Chapter Three.
  • Self harm (graphic)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Suicide ideation
  • Suicide
    Graphic attempt at The Axiom of Equality, Chapter Three.
  • Transphobia (misgendering)
    Character isn't actually trans, but characters doing the misgendering believe they are, trans identity is used as a punchline. Vanities, Chapter One.

Representation

An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • M/M romance (main characters)
  • Black side characters
  • Indian side character
  • Disabled main character
  • PTSD (main character)

Tropes

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