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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

"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."- - Christopher Buckley , New York Times Book Review

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.

Publisher: New York : A Lee Boudreaux Book, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316316125
Branch Call Number: GREER A
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Dec 10, 2017

lovely, to be read slowly

Nov 05, 2017

Beautiful book (including cover illustration and nifty line drawing at each chapter title)! I tried to decipher who the heck narrator is (- one of Less’s former crush, final spouse?), until “Less At Last”...what a bummer. All the luck upon the Ar/uthur - all things Less! I turned my envy about fragile sentiment to jealous over saccharine romance, wish to sprinkle bitterness to be more palatable.

fiddlelaura Nov 04, 2017

I loved this book! It felt so fresh and surprising. Greer’s word choice made me grin with delight over and over again. Everything about it felt inventive, from the choice of narration to the ingenious metaphors and imagery. It was a wry, warm and witty examination of aging, writing, and relationships. When I finished it I wanted to hug the book and then start rereading it. I listened and read it simultaneously and Robert Petkoff did another great job as reader. Listening to Less tickled my ears and woke my mind. Reading Less warmed my heart. I haven’t read any other reviews, and even though I know this must have been written many times already, I can’t help myself; Less is more.

AL_JENNY Oct 25, 2017

“Less” is irresistible! Quickly approaching his 50th birthday, disappointed in love, fearing failure in his career, Arthur Less takes a trip around the world. Hilarious, heartwarming and witty!

Oct 17, 2017

Adored this book SO MUCH. Loved Arthur Less. Loved the extremely satisfying storyline. ADORED the lavish, witty language. Most of all, laughed my head off. Did not want it to end.

Oct 14, 2017

I almost gave up on this book. But then I realized that I had so much in common with Arthur Less. Really, really, liked this book.

Sep 19, 2017

Arthur Less is turning 50 and he fears this milestone, so what does this quirky gay man do but go on a trip around the world. He had me cheering as he struggles to meet the tasks expected of him. I laughed and cheered as he turned 50 and searched for love.

Jul 26, 2017

Arthur Less is having a midlife crisis. The book isn't written from his POV which is an interesting choice by the author and there is something authentic and sincere about this novel. Arthur feels like a real person with the same insecurities we all have as we start to get older. Over all, it's a rather short read, reflective and hilarious. I liked it a lot.


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Jul 25, 2017

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