July 2016 – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

FullSizeRender (3)I’m laughing just a bit when I recall first opening  the package from Amazon with this book and realized it was a 720 page whopper I had chosen for July.  Holy smack!  Thanks to everyone who actually integrated this difficult subject matter with so many busy schedules in a summer month no doubt!

Thanks for hosting Terry!  We gathered in your lovely home amid licks and love from Sally the chocolate lab love bug.  Surrounded by many tasty nibbles and glasses of vino we settled into a group and began author bio.

A Little Life is a 2015 novel by American novelist Hanya Yanagihara. The novel was written over the course of eighteen months. Despite the length and difficult subject matter of the book, it became a bestseller.

We ALL agreed the subject matter was extremely difficult to digest.   It’s very disturbing to realize such painful realities exist in this world.  So many youth in the LGBT are targets for monsters in our society.  I shared my positive note of an incredible group in Atlanta who I’m so very proud to know called Lost-n-Found – Helping the youth who are so many times cast out when families realize they are LGBT.  Heartbreaking.

A multitude of subject matters arise out of reading our selections – this one had many twists and turns during the evening as we talked about areas ranging from children who have experienced sexual abuse to the bonds of friendship and how that is a grounding rod in our lives.

I asked the question of ‘who is your oldest friend?’  I enjoyed hearing all the answers as we circled the room.

A difficult read and a great discussion.  Thank you ladies for making this book club something I look forward to each month!  We all bring our own unique experiences to light every time we meet.



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