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Less

Less
Andrew Sean Greer
Boudreaux Books, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
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.


I was SO excited to read Less. A book about literary travel??? YES!!!

Except the book did not focus on where the main character, Arthur, went at all. It was more about why he was there and his past relationships.

Unfortunately, I got bored quickly. I gave up after his second or third stop because he wasn't describing where he was or how his surroundings were affecting him. It was a quick book to read, and well-written (of course it was, it won the Pulitzer) but it wasn't for me.

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