Hanya Yanagihara is an America novelist, editor and travel writer. Raised between Hawaii - where her father is from - New York, California and Texas, Yanagihara went on to work as a publicist. She is the editor-in-chief at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Her first novel, The People in the Trees is based on the real-life case of the virologist Daniel Carleton Gajdusek and won her instant literary acclaim. Her next novel was A Little Life, published in 2015, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize the same year. She cites Hilary Mantel and Kazuo Ishiguro as two contemporary authors she admires.
The People in the Trees - It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumoured lost tribe. There he encounters a strange group of forest dwellers who appear to have attained a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind. Perina uncovers their secret and returns with it to America, where he soon finds great success. But his discovery has come at a terrible cost, not only for the islanders, but for Perina himself.