'Charming, languid and incredibly funny, I absolutely adored Arthur' Jenny Colgan
'Marvellously, endearingly, unexpectedly funny' Gary Shteyngart
'Bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful' New York Times Book Review
'A fast and rocketing read . . . a wonderful, wonderful book!' Karen Joy Fowler
'Hilarious, and wise, and abundantly funny' Adam Haslett
WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM YOUR PROBLEMS?
Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world.
From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings and the depths of the human heart.
Greer is one of the most talented writers around (Michael Chabon)
A really smart, funny book that pulls you up instead of down . . . It's hysterical, and the writing is fantastic (Ann Patchett)
The most deftly funny romantic comedy I've read in years. If you have a sentimental bone in your body (I have 206),the ending will make you sob little tears of joy (Nell Zink)
Marvelously, unexpectedly, endearingly funny. A love story focused on the erroneous belief that the second half of life will pale in comparison to the first. Guess what? It won't! (Gary Shteyngart)
Less is the funniest, smartest, and most humane novel I've read since The Imperfectionists . . . Greer writes sentences of arresting lyricism and beauty. His metaphors come at you like fireflies . . . Like Arthur, Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful (Christopher Buckley New York Times Book Review)
A generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love (Judges of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018)
A fast and rocketing read with everything I want from a story - moments of high humor, moments of genuine wisdom, sharp insights, and gorgeous images. A wonderful, wonderful book! (Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves)
Greer is an exceptionally lovely writer, capable of mingling humor with sharp poignancy . . . Brilliantly funny . . . Greer's narration, so elegantly laced with wit, cradles the story of a man who loses everything: his lover, his suitcase, his beard, his dignity (Ron Charles Washington Post)
Less is philosophical, poignant, funny and wise, filled with unexpected turns . . . Although Greer is gifted and subtle in comic moments, he's just as adept at ruminating on the deeper stuff. His protagonist grapples with aging,loneliness, creativity, grief, self-pity and more (San Francisco Chronicle)