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Varuna Alumni Monthly Features 2017

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Alumni Feature March 2017


Writing from the wound

By Features Editor Diana Jenkins

Hanya Yanagihara

Finishing A Little Life by American author Hanya Yanagihara, several impulses struck simultaneously. The first was to put a pillow over my head and scream and weep myself to sleep. The second was to jump on the bed in a mad frenzy of joy and relief that it was finally over and I could start reading something else instead. I’m free! Free! The third was to begin an immediate internet search on Yanagihara to try to discover what the hell would drive someone to write a story like A Little Life, a tale so awful, so often, that I think a little piece of my heart broke in a way I will never be able to mend. Why? Why would she do such a thing to me?