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Less by Andrew Sean Greer
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    Jul 2017, 272 pages
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    May 2018, 272 pages

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A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, and a bittersweet romance of chances lost.

Arthur Less, the main character of Andrew Sean Greer's delightful new comic novel, Less, is a forty-nine year old gay man. He is a writer, and a moderately successful one, but when his story opens, Arthur is running away. To be precise, he is running away from the wedding of his former lover, Freddy. Rather than attend this event, Arthur has seized on an array of invitations to small-time literary jobs – interviewing another author, attending an awards ceremony, teaching a creative class for a number of weeks, even being a food critic – that will take him across the US and the world.

Certainly hapless, at times helpless, but consistently lovable, Arthur Less's global misadventures are a pleasure to read. Less opens with him waiting in a hotel lobby prior to interviewing a highly successful writer in New York. That he is not wearing a watch, that he is sitting ...

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