Less

Less

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316316125
Characteristics: 263 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.

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brangwinn
Sep 19, 2017

Arthur Less is turning 50 and he fears this milestone, so what does this quirky gay man do but go on a trip around the world. He had me cheering as he struggles to meet the tasks expected of him. I laughed and cheered as he turned 50 and searched for love.

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samrouthier
Jul 26, 2017

Arthur Less is having a midlife crisis. The book isn't written from his POV which is an interesting choice by the author and there is something authentic and sincere about this novel. Arthur feels like a real person with the same insecurities we all have as we start to get older. Over all, it's a rather short read, reflective and hilarious. I liked it a lot.

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samrouthier
Jul 25, 2017

samrouthier thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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