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.
I adore this bookThe 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 fantasticGreer 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 ReviewLess 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
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 22nd May 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1