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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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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...
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...
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...
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...
August 27, 2017
Charming, funny, wise, quick, partially unsatisfying toward the end (what happened to that novel?), but worth reading
October 31, 2017
Я так розумію, це щось штибу “Їсти-молитися-кохати”, тільки в головній ролі письменник-невдаха: репутації не заробив, бойфренд пішов до іншого, в паспорті 50, а отже спочатку все починати вже наче й пізно, та ще й видавець відмовився видавати його останній роман. На хвилі кризи середнього віку (і...
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...
October 18, 2017
Arthur Less, mediocre novelist, is turning 50. At the same time, he gets a wedding invitation--his younger lover of 9 years, Freddie, is marrying another man. Desperate for an excuse to miss the wedding, Less accepts a variety of literary invitations--readings, seminars, retreats, even writing an...
November 05, 2017
There are so many physiological changes as you age, crossing through your 30s, 40s, 50s and so on. The hard part is because many people don't get it as a transition to something much better—something, there is reason to hope, like wisdom. They do take it a little too hard. Our charming character...
November 11, 2017
I had never read this author before so I had no idea what I was going to get when I picked this book. The idea of feeling adrift at a certain point in life appealed to me for .....reasons.
In this book we find Arthur approaching 50 and not where he wants to be in either his career or his personal...