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Publisher's Summary

A breakout romantic comedy by the best-selling author of five critically acclaimed novels.

Who says you can't run away from your problems?

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. 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 50. 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", and "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.

©2017 Andrew Sean Greer (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Andrew Sean Greer is one of the most talented writers around, feeling and funny, with a genuinely fine prose style and a sensibility to match." (Michael Chabon)

"Andy Sean Greer writes with an intelligent joy that encompasses a truly kaleidoscopic vision, reminding me of the work of Peter Carey and David Mitchell. This novel is beautifully sewn together." (Colum McCann)

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    Eliav 10-17-17
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    "Less is so much more!!"

    What a delightful book! A great love story spooled along a round-the-world trip, each chapter a funny, self-deprecating, insightful snapshot. Original, sweet, smart, wry.

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    Hilary 10-16-17
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    "The narrator made the book come alive"

    The narrator was so skilled at accents and voices that you felt that you were travelling the world with Arthur Les. Arthur Les' insecurities are so endearing that you are rooting for him to succeed. Even though it is told in the third person, you experience life through Arthur Les' eyes, and little by little realize how unreliable he is at interpreting his own life. Thoroughly delightful book with a satisfying ending.

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    "Awful and offensive narration"

    Egregious mispronounciations and offensive (and wholly inaccurate) accents really ruined the listening experience. It was maddening.

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    Amazon Customer 09-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    This book toke me from "do I really want to listen to this" to giggling, to identifying to crying. Overall I am so glad I kept listening!!!

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    rosalinda lam 08-24-17
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    "One of the few books I will read again"

    I just finished it and I LOVED IT!!! It is the best book I've listen to this year! It has everything I like: Humor, sarcasm, self deprecation, travel, middle age crisis, a mysterious narrator, a love story, San Francisco, Texas, great characters, and a great ending! I highly recommend it 👍

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    Lili West Coast 07-30-17
    Lili West Coast 07-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever"
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    Essentially a love story this novel has some sweet moments. But as an audio book it can be confusing. The protagonist is both traveling around the world, as well as constantly reviewing his life, and his loves, through the years, in his head.

    One great love began in 1987 and lasts I believe 15 years. Another began 9 years ago and ends right before he begins his travels. At any given moment he may be reliving either of those relationships, or any of his many dalliances on the side. So if you listen to half of one of the hour plus long chapters one day, and the remainder of the chapter the next, you will find yourself trying to remember...where is he now? Who is he "talking" about?

    The author also has bouts of very clever metaphors and wordplay. Which can be brilliant and paint a vivid image in your head, or sometimes he will come up with something and you will be like...what did he say? Is that a real word? So maybe audio isn't the best medium to enjoy this book, unless you are ok with the occasionally "rewind" here and there to get your bearings.

    The main character takes awhile to warm up to, what with all his issues and quirks. One thing that really stands out though is the author's descriptive abilities to describe the world the main character is traveling through. Especially thru Morocco and India, those images will stay with me.

    Overall the book was entertaining, clever, sometimes funny, sometimes quite touching. At other times it felt a bit over written, like the author was trying too hard. The professional narrator does an excellent job with all the characters, male and female, as well as various accents from Japanese to Italian.





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    "One of my favorite authors ... another amazing book"

    Andrew Sean Greer is a mesmerizing writer. I am hard-pressed to find another contemporary who can wordsmith with the same mastery. He's a beautiful artist, and the voice actor of this book wonderfully interprets all the humor and sadness, all the absurdity and the truth contained.

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    Emily Ariel 08-04-17
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    "Less is MORE!"

    This story was delicious! Enjoy every word. I, too, search for Lessian Blue! Excellent tale.

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