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Less : Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction - Andrew Sean Greer


Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Paperback Published: 22nd May 2018
ISBN: 9780349143590
Number Of Pages: 272

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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

'I recommend it with my whole heart' – Ann Patchett
'I could not love Less more' – Ron Charles, Washington Post

Less is the story of a 49-year-old writer, Arthur Less, who learns that his former boyfriend is about to get married. To avoid the wedding and heartbreak, he decides to embark on a trip around the world, accepting invitations to a series of half-baked lectures and literary events.

From almost falling in love in Paris, almost falling to death in Berlin, to booking himself as the (only) writer on a residency in India, and an encounter in a desert with the last person on earth he wishes to see, Less is a novel about missteps, misunderstanding and mistakes.

About the Author

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 travelled to all of the locations in this novel, but he is only big in Italy.

Industry Reviews

I adore this book

The most deftly funny romantic comedy I've read in years. If you have a sentimental bone in your body (I have 206),the ending will make you sob little tears of joy

A really smart, funny book that pulls you up instead of down . . . It's hysterical, and the writing is fantastic

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 - Washington Post

A fast and rocketing read with everything I want from a story - moments of high humor, moments of genuine wisdom, sharp insights, and gorgeous images. A wonderful, wonderful book!

Marvelously, unexpectedly, endearingly funny. A love story focused on the erroneous belief that the second half of life will pale in comparison to the first. Guess what? It won't!

Less is the funniest, smartest, and most humane novel I've read since The Imperfectionists . . . Greer writes sentences of arresting lyricism and beauty. His metaphors come at you like fireflies . . . Like Arthur, Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful - New York Times Book Review

Less 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

A very different book


I did enjoy this book. It is very different from anything else I have read but I liked the style, found it amusing in places and got to feel that I knew the character of Less. Interesting to read about homosexual relationships for a change. A well written book.



A must read.


Arthur Less is a struggling writer on the brink of turning 50. As if life isn't bad enough, Arthur receives an invitation to his former and younger lover's upcoming wedding. In a bid to avoid his ex's wedding, Less accepts every invitation he has received to upcoming literary events around the world. Before he knows it, Arthur has a world tour itinerary, from Mexico to Italy, Germany to France, Morocco to India, and finally Japan. This soul searching story is hilarious, wise, and refreshingly honest about love, sex, friendship and growing old. No matter how far we run, can we really run from our problems, love, or ourselves? A must read.




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ISBN: 9780349143590
ISBN-10: 0349143595
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 22nd May 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1