Monday, August 5, 2019

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

by Andrew Sean Greer
narrated by Robert Petkoff

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Published: 2017
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ
Hardback: 272
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
From where I sit, the story of Arthur Less is not so bad.

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.

My two-bits:

Plenty of wonderful arm-chair travel in this one.

Oh, the whoas of love and relationships.


* Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2018

* Listened to audiobook version.

1 comment:

  1. 5? It sounded okay, but not a 5 worthy! But now I am curious!


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