Less by Andrew Sean Greer

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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.

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ISBN : 0316465186
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Maggie rated it ★★★★★

July 21, 2017

What a soft-hearted bastard of a novel. It's the story of a failed — failing — novelist about to turn fifty. His long-time lover is marrying someone else, and he's been invited to the wedding. To avoid the whispers and rumors that would abound, he takes the only course of action he can imagine: ac...

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

July 24, 2017

It's been said (in a catty way, of course) that after age 42 gay men become invisible, that no one wants an older gay man except, if they're lucky, another gay man. Andrew Sean Greer's beautifully moving but slightly uneven new novel, Less , deals with a man coming to terms approaching his 50th...

Ron rated it ★★★★☆

July 13, 2017

In the opening pages, a midlist novelist named Arthur Less is clinging to 49 like it’s the lip of a volcano. He has waited with muted expectation through “his exclusion from any list of best writers under thirty, under forty, under fifty — they make no lists above that.” And now he’s pretty sure...

Lacey rated it ★★★★★

August 21, 2017

Thank you to NetGalley, Lee Bourdreaux Books, and Andrew Sean Greer for providing me an arc in exchange for an honest review.  I love this book. I could go on and on about the main character, Arthur Less. He was one of the best characters in a book I've read in a long time. A failing novelist who...

Charles rated it ★★★★☆

August 27, 2017

Charming, funny, wise, quick, partially unsatisfying toward the end (what happened to that novel?), but worth reading

Alison rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 15, 2017

I chose this book because the reviews implied it was hilarious. It was funny-ish, but not the gut-clenching laugh bomb I was hoping for. The story felt more like a surface-level, gay "Eat, Pray, Love" type of sojourn. And it was kind of depressing. Just not my thing, especially when I expected fu...

Sophia rated it ★★★★☆

August 27, 2017

A bit of a surprise all things considered. The hero is a man approaching fifty years with trepidation and approaching the wedding date of his lover of nine years to another with something more than trepidation. So instead of sitting at home to face the prospect of both, off he goes to see the wor...

Wendy rated it ★★★★☆

July 12, 2017

Less is a very enjoyable novel about a white gay man from San Francisco turning 50. I used to live on Saturn Street, which is mentioned, so how could I not like it, even though he lived on Vulcan Street. Arthur Less is a writer who travels around the world to avoid going to his lover's wedding. T...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

July 18, 2017

Milestone birthdays are hard, but turning fifty for Arthur Less is especially difficult. So what does he do? He plans a multi-nation journey, not to celebrate, but to escape. His former lover is getting married, and he’s trying to run away from the heartbreak of it all. Less is a good-looking, ch...

Penny rated it ★★★☆☆

September 09, 2017

this was an entertaining story. I listened to it and found it funny, the narrator did a good job. I liked Zora's (sp?) definition of love. paraphrasing since I listened and can't pull out a quote. Love isn't getting hit by lightning. Love is emptying the dishwasher, waking the dog, getting up ear...

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