Less by Andrew Sean Greer


"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 ReviewNATIONAL BESTSELLER! Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence 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 ...

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Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherBack Bay Books
GenreFiction, Lgbt, Contemporary, Humor, Favorites

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  • Maggie Stiefvater
    What a soft-hearted bastard of a novel.It's the story of a failed — failing — novelist about to turn fifty. His long-time lover is marrying someone else, and he's been invited to the wedding. To avoid the whispers and rumors that would abound, he takes the only course of action he can imagine: accepting every literary invitation he's been putting off, a journey that will take him around the globe and well away from the wedding of the man he ...
  • Roxane
    I wanted to dislike this book for petty reasons grounded in irrationality but it's quite a brilliant novel, with exceptional writing and a depth of character rarely seen in fiction. I'm also surprised I loved this book because I hate books about writers.Less is a frustrating man who gets in his own way all too often. There were many times when I wanted him to get his head out of his ass. Also, the narration doesn't quite work until the very end a...
  • Elyse
    SHARING & REVIEWING:I can’t believe I’m writing this review the same day I came home from surgery.... but other than a little tire - I’m feeling ‘great’.....happy with what my surgeon did. After 3 surgeries last year for skin cancer - the loss of a half of a nose - a slice down my forehead- today was my first ‘repair’ surgery. I’m blown away - my nose ‘almost’ looks normal. Wow...such a ‘huge’ difference already. Sure - I ...
  • Larry H
    It's been said (in a catty way, of course) that after age 42 gay men become invisible, that no one wants an older gay man except, if they're lucky, another gay man. Andrew Sean Greer's beautifully moving but slightly uneven new novel, Less , deals with a man coming to terms approaching his 50th birthday, wondering if he'll ever find true love, and trying to define himself and his career. No small feat, there!When he was in his early 20s, he was ...
  • Paromjit
    This is a beautifully written, lyrical, comic, often profound and moving Pulitzer winning novel, to me it often feels like a gay version of Eat, Pray, Love. A little known, gay and inconsequential writer, Arthur Less, is approaching 50 with fear, his body is displaying all the physical symptoms of getting older. In his mind, he is the first gay man to face the quandry of the aging process, he has known hardly any gay men who have lived to this ag...
  • Lewis Weinstein
    There is no story ... the main character is totally uninteresting and evokes no positive feelings ... the writing is competent but snarky, and also repetitive ... the tour guide information, country after country, is paper-thin and offers no particular insights
  • Beverly
    A very funny book, at times I laughed out loud, not easy for a writer to accomplish. Less is almost 50, has just had his lover of 9 years leave him for another man and feels likes he hasn't done much in his life. He decides to accept a bunch of writer's lectures and other assorted invitations to journey around the world and forget his woes. Woes goes with you though.
  • Glenn Sumi
    An Evening With Arthur Less (and Glenn Sumi):I’ve been writing lots of traditional reviews for work lately, so I thought I’d try to make this one fun and entertaining to write... and hopefully read. If you’ll indulge me, here’s a Q&A with Arthur Less, the main character of Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Less. First a bit of background. Less is a middle-aged, midlist novelist, who’s about to turn 50, and at the beginn...
  • Ron Charles
    In the opening pages, a midlist novelist named Arthur Less is clinging to 49 like it’s the lip of a volcano. He has waited with muted expectation through “his exclusion from any list of best writers under thirty, under forty, under fifty — they make no lists above that.” And now he’s pretty sure he’s “the first homosexual ever to grow old.”That gently mocking tone reflects Less’s attitude about all his foibles, which are obvious...
  • Lena♥Ribka
    30th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalist - Gay Fiction My second book in the category Gay Fiction and again 5-stars rating! Gay Fiction: After the Blue Hour Grove PressThe Clothesline Swing, Nightwood EditionsThe End of Eddy, Straus and GirouxFimi Sile Forever: Heaven Gave It to Me, Team AngelicaThe Heart's Invisible Furies, HogarthLess, Lee Boudreaux BooksOutside Is the Ocean, University of Iowa PressThis Is How It Begins, She Writes Press 5+...
  • Alison Smith
    I chose this book because the reviews implied it was hilarious. It was funny-ish, but not the gut-clenching laugh bomb I was hoping for. The story felt more like a surface-level, gay "Eat, Pray, Love" type of sojourn. And it was kind of depressing. Just not my thing, especially when I expected funny. : (
  • Laura
    There is so much to love about Arthur Less.So much that I know I’m not going to be able to express it all here in this suddenly intimidatingly bright and positively glowing white review space. I have to try though! Because you have to meet him!!! Sorry didn’t mean to shout there. I’m trying to reign in my enthusiasm, but I can see I’m failing already. *clears throat* Let me try this again…I knew I loved this book about 30 pages in. I ca...
  • Rhode
    This is meant to be gently humorous litfic. While there were passages I adored, and descriptions of foreign travel that were so spot on I felt as though I were there again, I didn’t quite get the point of this. It's billed by some as a romance, which it is not because the protagonist never reaches out or grows for love or any relationship (he's utterly passive) and because his HEA-love interest is represented like an actor in the wings, not cen...
  • Jan
    This is a sweet comic novel, more rueful chuckle for the middle-aged crowd than universal snort- your-coffee guffaws. But if you were hoping the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Fiction committee might look at the fraught state of our nation and honor a novel that beautifully and directly addresses one of the major issues of the day, like Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing, for example, well, you'd be disappointed.
  • Lacey
    Thank you to NetGalley, Lee Bourdreaux Books, and Andrew Sean Greer for providing me an arc in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I could go on and on about the main character, Arthur Less. He was one of the best characters in a book I've read in a long time. A failing novelist who can't find love and deals with it along the way. There's so many things that could go wrong in life, and Arthur Less is the champion of that happening t...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Funny moments with flawed, yet lovable Arthur Less was a quick, entertaining story. For more reviews visit Book Nation by Jen on https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com.
  • Vanessa
    Just for the record: happiness is not bullshitAfter I finished my last book (In Country), I had trouble finding another one to get into. I thought this one would be a funny sort of palate cleanser. It is very funny--laugh out loud funny in several places--but I was surprised how kind of sad, warm-hearted, wise, and sweet it was too. I was not expecting to, but I ended up falling in love with this book.I had never heard of Andrew Sean Greer, but t...
  • Katerina
    If my husband says, just read for once a real book, then I have to smile and admit, this here is a real book and he would like it.This book is something special, but it’s hard for me to describe what makes its appeal and the difference. Maybe it's Arthur's review of his life, now that he's almost 50 years old. And since I'm his age, I felt somehow connected to him. It was a special experience to accompany him on a journey around the world and t...
  • Doug
    My thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing me an advance copy of the book in exchange for this honest review.This is really a lovely, charming, elegiac novel about the wistful disappointments that one inevitably faces as one grows older, and either does or doesn't find love, success and happiness. Arthur Less is a middling novelist fast approaching fifty, and looking backwards on his life with regret, and towards his unset...
  • Charles Finch
    Charming, funny, wise, quick, partially unsatisfying toward the end (what happened to that novel?), but worth reading
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Arthur Less is hilariously well-named. In the opening salvo, he is waiting to be escorted to a literary event, sitting in a hotel lobby, while a woman he is meant to meet is circling the room looking for a woman, mistakenly thinking the author of the book she's read cannot be a man. On the eve of Arthur's fiftieth birthday, his partner of almost ten years has announced his upcoming nuptials, and in order to avoid this nightmare, Arthur has cobble...
  • Michelle
    “Less” authored by Andrew Sean Geer: is a light and fun literary tale that includes an adventurous global whirlwind tour for the rather reserved Arthur Less. Arthur was a reasonable ordinary guy, who enjoyed moderate success as a novelist, but in the shadow of his former celebrity lover. As he approached his 5oth birthday, Arthur had gone from young to old remarkably fast. The next thing he knew, he had not only been dumped by his current lov...
  • Sue
    The road Less travelled.Arthur Less is about to turn fifty. He’s afraid of getting old. He’s afraid of being lonely. There have been two great loves in his life, Robert Brownburn, a distinguished older poet, and Freddy, adopted son of his nemesis Carlos Pelu. Now, young Freddy has left him to marry someone else. How can Less cope with the mortification? By running away around the world. He accepts all the junket invitations that have piled up...
  • Pavellit Off
    There are so many physiological changes as you age, crossing through your 30s, 40s, 50s and so on. The hard part is because many people don't get it as a transition to something much better—something, there is reason to hope, like wisdom. They do take it a little too hard. Our charming character Arthur Less is just one of them. Ugh. The approaching 50 sucks really bad. Lol! Especially for a writer for whom everything is mid- mid-list, mid-life,...
  • Carlos Mock
    Less by Andrew Sean Greer"Arthur Less is the first homosexual ever to grow old...He has never seen another gay man age past fifty, none except Robert. He met them all at forty or so but never saw them make it much beyond; they died of AIDS, that generation. Less' generation often feels like the first to explore the land beyond fifty." (p. 34)Arthur Less has had two long term relationships. One with Robert Brownburn -- a much older man, Pulitzer P...
  • Neil
    Arthur Less is an author, a gay man approaching his fiftieth birthday. He receives an invitation to the wedding of an ex-lover which he feels it is impossible for him to either accept or decline. His solution to this dilemma is to accept all the invitations he can find to attend literary award ceremonies, literary festivals and writers’ retreats: he accepts enough of them to take him round the world and ensure he can be out of the country on th...
  • britt_brooke
    “Strange to be almost fifty, no? I feel like I just understood how to be young.”It took me a bit to get invested in this one, but I found Arthur Less completely endearing. Impressively-written and very clever, but bordering on cheesy at times. I loved the subtle humor. I don’t know about Pulitzer-worthy, but I liked it very much.
  • Joachim Stoop
    Pulitzer winner 2018? I love the fact that they choose a comedy this time, but it felt like this book was written for other writers rather than for readers. It felt kind of incentuous. Like he was playing and showing off and I wasn't invited to enter the game. I guess it was pretty funny for other authors who have to fly around from book event to book event. Sometimes I did have to laugh out loud, sometimes I smirked, sometimes I felt it was funn...
  • Terri Jacobson
    Arthur Less, mediocre novelist, is turning 50. At the same time, he gets a wedding invitation--his younger lover of 9 years, Freddie, is marrying another man. Desperate for an excuse to miss the wedding, Less accepts a variety of literary invitations--readings, seminars, retreats, even writing an article about Japanese kaiseki cuisine--that will take him around the world. Thus our story begins.Less travels from San Fransisco to New York, and move...
  • Alisa
    I had never read this author before so I had no idea what I was going to get when I picked this book. The idea of feeling adrift at a certain point in life appealed to me for .....reasons. In this book we find Arthur approaching 50 and not where he wants to be in either his career or his personal life. What follows is a beautifully written story about aging, love and what mark we leave on this world. There was a touching message in it.I'm glad I ...