Less (2017)

by Andrew Sean Greer

Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize, Andrew Sean Greer’s Less has many critics. Greer writes well, but the plight of protagonist Andrew Less is not grave enough to excuse his self-pity. Greer may have intended to satirize Less, but the novel isn’t as funny as the book jacket suggests.

Less is about to turn 50, but is 50 old today? His publisher has rejected his last novel, but Less can revise it. He has been invited to the wedding of an ex-lover he never encouraged to stay. To avoid the wedding, Less takes advantage of the kinds of invitations midlist novelists get to literary events to go on a round-the-world trip. He returns home to San Francisco and a surprising happy ending that is more the result of luck than any enlightenment Less has gained.


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