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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

By Andrew Sean Greer
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Publisher Description

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).

National Bestseller
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

310 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“When I picked up Less, I had no idea how deeply it would resonate with me. From the very first page, Arthur's voice as captivated me. His self-deprecating humor and vulnerability helped me connect with him. As a fifty year old writer, he wrote about the anxiety, insecurities, regrets and yearning that he felt throughout the journey that can arise while we grow older. It also shows his exploration of LGBTQIA+ identity and search for love. This book tells his search for love and happiness.”
Characters change and growColorful personalitiesBeautifully writtenEasy to readComical
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Colorful personalitiesDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenFloweryLyricalComing of ageThought-provokingDense writingDidn't grab my attentionToo long
“I haven't laughed out loud while reading in a long time. This book instantly engaged me and by the end, I felt like Arthur Less was a friend to root for than a fool in a globe trotting comedy. I'm looking forward to reading book 2, despite mixed reviews.”
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Characters change and growColorful personalitiesEasy to readFunny writingComicalUnsatisfying plot
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Likable charactersBeautiful settingDescriptiveImmersive settingComing of age
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Relatable charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingBeautiful settingDescriptiveInsightful

About Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco. He has traveled to all of the locations in this novel, but he is only big in Italy.

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