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Less (Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

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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.

Author: Andrew Sean Greer

Paperback, 272 Pages, Orig. Publ. 2017, This Ed. Publ. May 2018

WINNER of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and described by the Pulitzer judges as ‘a generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love’.

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

Reviews:

"I could not love LESS more." - Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful." - Christopher Buckley, New York Times Book Review

"Less is the funniest, smartest and most humane novel I've read in a long time. Greer writes sentences of arresting lyricism and beauty. His metaphors come at you like fireflies... It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful." ―New York Times Book Review

"Greer is an exceptionally lovely writer, capable of mingling humor with sharp poignancy.... Brilliantly funny.... Greer's narration, so elegantly laced with wit, cradles the story of a man who loses everything: his lover, his suitcase, his beard, his dignity."―Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Greer's novel is philosophical, poignant, funny and wise, filled with unexpected turns.... Although Greer is gifted and subtle in comic moments, he's just as adept at ruminating on the deeper stuff. His protagonist grapples with aging, loneliness, creativity, grief, self-pity and more."―San Francisco Chronicle

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