The best book I have read this year is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This 700 page novel tells the story of four college roommates who move to New York after graduation to pursue their careers. Willem is an aspiring actor, JB is an artist , Malcolm becomes a respected architect , and Jude ... around whom the novel revolves... is a brilliant and successful lawyer. Yanagihara's prose is flowery and impactful, and her characters are unforgettable. A very emotional and, at times, troubling read, A Little Life deals with abuse, redemption and the complicated male bond of four men.