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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We loved every second of Andrew Sean Greer’s funny, globe-trotting story about a middling writer running away from heartache. When Arthur Less receives an invitation to his ex-lover’s wedding, he concocts a crazy brilliant plan to RSVP no while saving face: say “yes” to all the random offers that have come his way. From a book festival in Mexico City to a teaching gig in Berlin, we follow along for all the hilarious pratfalls and melancholy flashbacks. With its tenderhearted hero and humorous takes on the literary world and the indignities of aging, Less is a delight from start to finish.
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Less is more!
I had a hard time getting started with the book. The style of writing was confusing but I stuck with it and ended up loving it. Best ending I’ve read in a long time. Parts of it made me laugh out loud.
I read this book on a whim, I’m so glad I did. It’s brilliantly beautiful.
About a gay guy.
So, I have mixed feelings about this book. I found it hard to identify with the character and I stopped reading before I got through the first chapter. I totally support the LGBT community, but I think if this guy was straight talking about the women he dated, I think I would have had the same reaction. He had a very casual relationship with this guy and lots of others too and all of a sudden, he has to run away from his wedding? Really?