Hanya-Yanagihara-was-born-in-1974-in-Los-Angeles.-Her-father,-hematologist/oncologist-Ronald-Yanagihara,-is-from-Hawaii,-and-her-mother-was-born-in-Seoul.Yanagihara-is-partly-of-Japanese-descent-through-her-father.As-a-child,-Yanagihara-moved-frequently-with-her-family,-living-in-Hawaii,-New-York,-Maryland,-California-and-Texas.-She-attended-the-Punahou-School-in-Hawaii-before-graduating-from-Smith-College-in-1995.

Yanagihara-has-said-that-her-father-introduced-her-as-a-girl-to-the-work-of-Philip-Roth-and-to-“British-writers-of-a-certain-age”,-such-as-Anita-Brookner,-Iris-Murdoch,-and-Barbara-Pym.[11]-Of-Pym-and-Brookner,-she-says,-“there-is-a-suspicion-of-the-craft-that-the-male-writers-of-their-generation-didn’t-have,-a-metaphysical-reckoning-of-what-is-it-actually-doing-for-the-world”.She-has-said-that-“the-contemporary-writers-I-admire-most-are-Hilary-Mantel,-Kazuo-Ishiguro,-and-John-Banville.