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A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).
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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- Best Novel In Thirty Years Review by JustMyOpinion
I wrote an extensive review of Less about an hour ago and it "couldn't be published" because I had involved a four-letter word (a direct quote from the book). So much for freedom of speech.
So I'll just say that no matter who you are, you'll find a little (or a lot) of Less in yourself. I laughed out loud in the middle of the night (multiple times), cried just as often, and have so far shared Less with my husband -- I also bought copies for two good friends and one for my sister. We're all older (my daughter is turning fifty), straight (so people know that Less being gay does not "change" his relate-ability factor), and none of us understand how anybody could not fall in love with this book. From Less being concerned that he might be literally boring people to death to his flippant four-letter-word remark about life toward the end of the book, anyone with a mind and a heart is going to love Less. Guaranteed.
(Posted on 9/3/2018)
- Intricately woven tale, deceptively complex. Review by Harry Wingfield
This is a story about a gay man in a mid life crisis, dealing with turning 50, losing a lover, caught up in memories of childhood and his first love. During the short time span of the novel, seemingly unrelated parts of his current life and his memories start to weave together. The main character is re-writing a book about a middle aged gay man. The author's life seems to echo the novel he is re-writing. As a gay man a bit past middle age, I saw myself in the story and the characters. This is a book I will want to read again. It's like a jigsaw puzzle that doesn't reveal the beauty of the image until the last few pieces are put into place.
(Posted on 9/3/2018)