A Novel

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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?"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316316125
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number: GREER, A


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bookgirlatDCL Jul 25, 2018

It's been a long time since a book has touched my heart like this one. Arthur Less is about to turn 50, his lover has left him to marry someone else, and Arthur decides to go on a journey around the world. At times laugh-out-loud funny, and other times tender and heartbreaking, this is a book wo... Read More »

Nicr Apr 06, 2018

Arthur Less, a writer of the "famous Russian River School," is traveling the world, having escaped a former lover's wedding by accepting every professional invitation that had been accumulating on his desk. His publisher has rejected his latest novel; a rival tells him that as a writer ... Read More »

fiddlelaura Nov 04, 2017

I loved this book! It felt so fresh and surprising. Greer’s word choice made me grin with delight over and over again. Everything about it felt inventive, from the choice of narration to the ingenious metaphors and imagery. It was a wry, warm and witty examination of aging, writing, and relations... Read More »

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Dec 06, 2018

I can't understand the interest in a self-absorbed, self-pitying, shallow-minded author-as-character. You could hang a "writer at work" sign on almost every line as Greer trips over himself to get from one clever scene to the next. It felt like reading the script for a mindless sitcom - not that I've ever wasted my time on that. There was little character development, more like a cardboard representation of a character, little sense of place or time, and minor characters seemed sketched with a painfully racist pen. Pulitzer prize??? What on earth has this country come to? Oh. That's right. I forgot.

LPL_IlkaI Dec 04, 2018

Arthur Less is a failed author on the cusp of a midlife crisis of sorts. After receiving a wedding invite from an ex-lover and experiencing a subsequent mental fallout, Mr. Less soon finds himself on a globetrotting journey of self-actualization. Less is a lovable, self effacing, and amusing read that will brighten dark times. It is a treat, for sure, and worthy of its praise!

Nov 27, 2018

Very cleverly written (maybe a little too clever?) and imaginative. I loved some of the descriptions. However, I agree with some of the other reviewers - I found it difficult to engage with the characters. I finished it - it's an easy read and I've definitely read worse - but... meh.

Nov 27, 2018

Arthur Less is, unremarkable and I couldn't feel anything for him. He's not an unlike-able character but I see no reason to dig into his life. I think I was expecting a memoir feel with this book not someone looking in and dissecting his life. I couldn't emotionally connect to him or his situations. My favorite thing about him is his suit with the hot pink lining. I want one

Nov 25, 2018

I could not get through this. I gave up in Mexico. Not sure how I came across this but I was more than happy to put it down for good. Don't let the Pulitzer Prize fool ya.

Nov 12, 2018

"Less" is right. You'll leave this book wanting "more." If this wins a prestigious award, I'll eat my hat. What's that you say? It won the Pulitzer? Pass the salt.
"I have to watch I don't get arrogant."-Andrew Sean Greer on winning the Pulitzer.

Nov 03, 2018

ok .. just not worth all the hype.

Nov 01, 2018


Oct 18, 2018

I was expecting so much from this book after reading the glowing reviews. I found it tedious and not funny at all. There are too many other books to read so didn't even finish it.

Oct 17, 2018

It was an interesting book but I'm still confused as to why it won the Pulitzer (unless the committee was entirely made up of aging gay writers). It reads as gay wish-fulfillment - for younger folks hoping they will age in a delightfully exotic way and older folks who seek to know that their life can still be exciting. The book takes a lot of turns to really get nowhere in the end. Worth the read on a beach when you're looking for something fluffy but definitely give it a pass if you're looking for more in-depth writing.

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Jul 25, 2017

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