‘In the contemporary version of friendship, a true friend is someone who knows the worst of you and stays by you anyway. [Whereas] this version of friendship that [A Little Life's characters] have is founded on a sense of mystery, and a sense – and we’ve all experienced this – that it is an honour to try to investigate someone. And that a relationship truly is an ongoing investigation.’
In conversation with Jason Steger at the Athenaeum Theatre, for the Wheeler Centre, A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara spoke at length (and with depth and nuance) about how she came to write the notably complicated book, what ideas it intends to present, and how she's experienced it with some hindsight and distance.
‘I couldn’t write this book without really exchanging my life for this life,' she offers, 'and if the book feels intimate and if it feels immersive and it feels claustrophobic in the way I hope it does, it’s because it felt that way for me as well.’
Listen to the full talk at wheelercentre.com – and let us know your thoughts.