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Ten Evenings

Hanya Yanagihara


“Only people who have a plausible hope of being immortalized in history are so obsessed about how they might get immortalized,” she said. “The rest of us are too busy trying to get through the day.”

Hanya Yanagihara, To Paradise

Hanya Yanagihara follows her critically-acclaimed A Little Life with the #1 New York Times bestseller To Paradise, a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment. “A tour de force that changes the novel landscape.”

In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is part of the Free States, where people can love whom they please. There, a fragile scion of a distinguished family resists betrothal to a worthy suitor. In a 1993 Manhattan besieged by the AIDS epidemic, a young Hawaiian man lives with his older, wealthier partner, hiding his troubled childhood. And in 2093, in a world riven by plagues and totalitarian rule, a scientist’s damaged granddaughter tries to solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearances. What unites these characters and these Americas, are their reckonings with the qualities that make us human, our aching desire to protect those we love and the pain that ensues when we cannot.

In 2015, Hanya Yanagihara stunned the literary world with her second book, the profoundly moving novel, A Little Life, which solidified her place as a major new voice in American fiction. Challenging, breathtaking, and groundbreaking, it became one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the year winning the Kirkus Prize, named a finalist for the National Book Award and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her latest novel To Paradise is a brilliant tour de force and a #1 New York Times bestseller.

“A tale of manners, family, migration, and political dystopia that reads like Edith Wharton meets Jonathan Franzen meets Mohsin Hamid meets George Orwell.”



Copies of To Paradise are available from White Whale Bookstore.

To Paradise book cover


Monday, May 8, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. ET


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