A NovelBook - 2017
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017
A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award, and the California Book Award
Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.
QUESTION : How do you arrange to skip town?
ANSWER : You accept them all.
What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.
Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story.
A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.
"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."- - Christopher Buckley , The New York Times Book Review
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LPL_KimberlyL Jan 26, 2021
A breathtaking rumination on love and life and being Less. By the end of the book, I was crying tears of joy, having loved every minute of the journey I had taken to get there. An instant favorite!
LPL_ReadersServices Jan 11, 2020
LPL_SarahM Feb 17, 2019
MarveLESS! (I am so sorry.) This is the book that got me out of a months-long reading slump. I loved Greer's writing style and the tongue-in-cheekiness of Less. A book about a middle aged white guy and his problems who is told time and again that no one wants to hear about the problems of middle ... Read More »
LPL_IlkaI Dec 04, 2018
Arthur Less is a failed author on the cusp of a midlife crisis of sorts. After receiving a wedding invite from an ex-lover and experiencing a subsequent mental fallout, Mr. Less soon finds himself on a globetrotting journey of self-actualization. Less is a lovable, self effacing, and amusing read... Read More »