A Novel

Book - 2017
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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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March 9, 2020

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner about an American's travels abroad.

Thegiver Jan 09, 2019

As someone who is working at living the motto Less is More I wanted to find the "more" in Less but it didn't happen. I felt the story was Eat, Pray, Love meets a gay man who is running away to avoid the loss of loosing the man he loved. I tried to be open-minded to the story but alway... 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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May 31, 2021

This novel tells the story of a journey around the world of a failed / failing writer who is not only struggling with finishing his latest book but also with the loss of his gay partner and turning 50. Yet Less is more than his name as a stumbles from disaster to disaster. He realizes that he can still inspire students and that there is joy in literature and the humans he encounters. Greer has some marvelous word plays; my favorite was the "cocked spaniel". Less seems to be telling his own story at times, but I loved the revelation of the identity of the narrator. Highly recommend this book and author. Kristi & Abby Tabby

May 07, 2021

Loved loved loved

FVRL_Maple_Ridge Feb 05, 2021

This book from the FVRL collection was chosen to compliment the 2019/2020 season at the ACT arts centre. This book was featured on a list that complimented a breadth of materials to enhance your theatrical experiences.

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 26, 2021

A breathtaking rumination on love and life and being Less. By the end of the book, I was crying tears of joy, having loved every minute of the journey I had taken to get there. An instant favorite!

Jan 22, 2021

Funny and witty, Less by Andrew Sean Greer has been one of my favorite books ever since I read it! The book is a refreshing twist on relationships and self-discovery in the 21st century. I was able to resonate a lot with Arthur Less’s character as I feel that his personality was similar to mine. He is a very awkward, albeit kind and tenderhearted, person who is unlucky with love. This is a wonderful book about moving on from heartbreak and learning from past mistakes. I loved Arthur’s character development as the book progresses, and I also enjoyed reading about the different continents he traveled to. I felt like I was on this wild roller coaster with Arthur as he learns that traveling across the world won’t necessarily allow him to escape his problems, because the past will always come back to you. Overall, I definitely recommend this book to readers of all ages. Some things I didn’t like about the book was the slow pace of the book. It felt like there was a lot of filler and unnecessary events from the book that could have been excerpted or taken out. I found the book to be much longer than I would have liked, and it was somewhat boring at times. Other than that, I give this book 3.5 stars!

VaughanPLDaniela Jan 18, 2021

Unlikely hero Arthur Less is approaching a milestone birthday – his 50th – while grappling with the news of a former lover’s impending wedding. As both events near, single Less considers how not only is he a loser in love, but also a mediocre writer, popular in social circles only by his association to a world-famous poet. So instead of attending the wedding, Less decides to fill up his calendar with literary events around the world. Comedy after comedy ensues as Less reflects on former heartaches, failed opportunities, and eventually the potential of new beginnings. This novel will get you thinking about aging and the many layers of our identity. What does it mean to grow old in a culture that only values the beauty of youth? How do we define success in our lifetime? Join Arthur on his journey and find out!

Oct 15, 2020

At times heartbreaking and at other times hilarious. I was rooting for Arthur even when he didn't seem to be rooting for himself. Lovely commentary on the universality of love.

JCLBetM Sep 24, 2020

Not my normal choice of book, but something caught my attention and held on. Arthur Less is a bit of the bumbling hero - I regularly flipped from being annoyed with him, to feeling sorry for him, to hoping for him, to resonating with him. Sounds like a well crafted character, right? Some parts made me laugh out loud with their self deprecating wit and simple humorous astuteness of life.

VaughanPLGraeme Jul 31, 2020

This book is quite different from what I usually read, but I thought it was really fun and funny while still having some depth. From looking at other reviews here, it's obviously not for everyone, but I thought it was great.

Cas22 Jan 29, 2020

As previous reviews testify, this is not a book that will appeal to everyone. I, however, found it to be clever, poignant and funny. The narrative style, with its sudden switches in time, place, person and voice, can be rather disconcerting, but it still tells a powerful story of Arthur Less, a kind of gay “Everyman”, and all the little triumphs, failures, uncertainties, humiliations and absurdities of his life. A life which, at some essential level, mirrors that of our own.

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