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How I Wrote My Novel: Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life

Tags: According to a release, To Paradise explores the way humans long to find a place in an earthly paradise and gradually realize that it can’t exist. Either way, we bet Antoni Porowski will be reading. The cast of characters includes a fragile descendant of a distinguished family who prefers a poor music teacher over the suitor seeking their hand in marriage, a young Hawaiian man who is keeping secrets about himself and his father from his older and wealthier partner, and a woman who is learning to live without her powerful scientist grandfather while trying to make sense of her husband’s mysterious disappearances. The author’s last title, A Little Life, won the 2015 Kirkus Prize and was a finalist for both the Booker Prize and National Book Award. “That the novel has such scope and range and ambition, yet feels so intimate, is a testament to Hanya Yanagihara’s capacious mind, imagination, and heart,” Doubleday’s publisher and editor-in-chief Bill Thomas said in a statement. Photo: Publisher

Hanya Yanagihara’s next novel, To Paradise, will be published by Doubleday on January 11, 2022. Her new book spans three different centuries and versions of America: 1893, when New York is part of the “Free States”; 1993, when Manhattan was besieged by the AIDS epidemic; and 2093, when the world faces plagues and totalitarian rule. Perhaps the new book, like A Little Life, will get bids for a potential TV adaptation?