Author: Andrew Sean Greer
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books
Release Date: July 18th, 2017
Genre(s): LGBTQ Fiction, Literary Awards
Page Count: 272
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
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 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? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.
Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, LESS is, above all, a love story.
A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired, lyrical,” “elegiac,” “ingenious,” as well as “too sappy by half,” LESS shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.
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The End of Eddy, Édouard Louis, Straus and Giroux
Fimí Sílè Forever, Nnanna Ikpo, Team Angelica
The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne, Hogarth
Less, Andrew Sean Greer,, Lee Boudreaux Books
Outside Is the Ocean, Matthew Lansburgh, University of Iowa Press
This Is How It Begins, Joan Dempsey, She Writes Press
I ADORE this book. I love every single sentence in it. It’s charming, funny, warm-hearted, endearing and so beautifully clever written!
Arthur Less is almost fifty, no, he is actually YET forty-nine, a mediocre writer, an abandoned and –technically – not a skilled lover, a declined author,…bad gay and…the first homosexual ever to grow old. That is, at least, how he feels.
At ten, we climb the tree higher even than our mothers’ fears. At twenty, we scale the dormitory to surprise a lover asleep in bed. At thirty, we jump into the mermaid-green ocean. At forty, we look on and smile. At four and nine?
How does a middle-age gay man like HIM cure a heartbreak? Right. He goes on a trip around the world.
Go. go with him! Go immediately! You won’t regret it.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough.