“Too often, our standards of literary greatness exclude comic novels — which is usually fine because there are so few great comic novels. But you should make more room for ‘Less.'”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best 10 Books of 2017.
“On the eve of his 50th birthday and a former lover’s wedding, a mediocre novelist takes refuge in literary invitations that enable him to travel around the world.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
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.
Less, a novel by Andrew Sean Greer has quite a list of recognitions and the praise just keeps on pouring in with reviews such as these:
“I could not love LESS more.”–Ron Charles, Washington Post
“Less is the funniest, smartest and most humane novel I’ve read since Tom Rachman’s 2010 debut, 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
“Andrew Sean Greer’s Less is excellent company. It’s no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful.”-–Christopher Buckley, New York Times Book Review
Less is, above all else, a love story as it shows a writer at the peak of his talent journeying through life’s pitfalls with comedy that is relatable in its hilarity.
The writer named Arthur Less escapes quite a few misses. He almost falls in love in Paris, almost falls to his death in Berlin, barely escapes the grips of a sandstorm in Moroccan ski, accidentally books himself as the only writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and somehow encounters, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to see.
Through that long and dramatic journey, he will turn fifty and somewhere long the line he will find is his first love… And his last.