Less is lost

Andrew Sean Greer

Book - 2022

For Arthur Less, life is going surprisingly well: he is a moderately accomplished novelist in a steady relationship with his partner, Freddy Pelu. But nothing lasts: the death of an old lover and a sudden financial crisis has Less running away from his problems yet again as he accepts a series of literary gigs that send him on a zigzagging adventure across the US.

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Subjects
Genres
Gay fiction
Humorous fiction
Psychological fiction
Published
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: Less.
Physical Description
272 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780316498906
0316498904
9781408713372
1408713373
Main Author
Andrew Sean Greer (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In Greer's eagerly awaited follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Less (2017), Arthur Less is now a "Minor American Novelist" with a mustache that no one notices and is happily living with his younger partner, Freddy Pelu, in San Francisco. However, with the death of an old lover, Less suddenly owes a monumental amount of rent, so he determinedly sets off on a series of paid literary gigs to ensure that they can keep their home. While in Less Arthur traveled around the world, this is a road novel mapped across the entire U.S. as he lives in a clapped-out but comfortable camper van he calls Rosina. As he bumbles from farce to farce across the nation, he learns about himself and America. The star is the narrator, Freddy, whose wry, loving perspective means Less' quirky antics are always grounded in some seemingly fathomable logic. Full of riotously funny scenes—particularly around Less' overconfidence in his German-speaking abilities—this is a worthy follow-up to the magnificent and much-lauded Less, and it is a joy to once again accompany Arthur on his travels.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Less lovers are waiting! Be prepared for the request onslaught. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In his latest, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Less reveals what his hapless if lovable protagonist is stumbling through next. Faced with a financial shortfall even as he grieves the death of an old lover, Less accepts a series of speaking engagements that send him careening cross-country in a rust-ridden van, with black pug Polly riding shotgun. Alas for his ego, he keeps getting mistaken for someone else; maybe growing that handlebar mustache wasn't wise. Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Greer follows up his Pulitzer-winning Less with another delightful road story featuring middle-aged writer Arthur Less. This time, he's traveling across the U.S., hoping to raise money to salvage his home with partner Freddy Pelu. Freddy, who narrates the story and has lived with Less for nine blissful months in San Francisco, has recently taken a teaching sabbatical in Maine, where Less plans to join him. But after the death of Less's former lover, the poet Robert Brownburn, the estate hits him up for 10 years of back rent on Brownburn's former house, where he now lives with Freddy. He assures Freddy he'll make everything okay by paying it back with magazine articles and other literary gigs. Soon Less is off to do a profile of a famous sci-fi author, who has Less drive him and his pug in a camper van to Santa Fe, N.Mex., for an onstage interview. Along the way, Less accidentally floods a commune, sleeps in a tepee, and rides a donkey down a canyon. After a cascading series of humorous mishaps, Less wonders if Freddy will leave him. Though a bit overboard at times, Greer packs in plenty of humor and some nicely poignant moments. Fans will eat this up. Agent: Lynn Nesbit, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (Sept.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In this highly anticipated follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Less: A Novel, Arthur Less, after the death of an old lover and a sudden financial crisis, sets out on a literary adventure across the U.S. during which he must finally face his personal demons. 350,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Arthur Less, after the death of an old lover and a sudden financial crisis, sets out on a literary adventure across the United States, during which he must finally face his personal demons.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In the follow-up to the “bedazzling, bewitching, and be-wonderful” (New York Times?) best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Less: A Novel, the awkward and lovable Arthur Less returns in an unforgettable road trip across America. “Go get lost somewhere, it always does you good.” For Arthur Less, life is going surprisingly well: he is a moderately accomplished novelist in a steady relationship with his partner, Freddy Pelu. But nothing lasts: the death of an old lover and a sudden financial crisis has Less running away from his problems yet again as he accepts a series of literary gigs that send him on a zigzagging adventure across the US. Less roves across the “Mild Mild West,” through the South and to his mid-Atlantic birthplace, with an ever-changing posse of writerly characters and his trusty duo – a human-like black pug, Dolly, and a rusty camper van nicknamed Rosina. He grows a handlebar mustache, ditches his signature gray suit, and disguises himself in the bolero-and-cowboy-hat costume of a true “Unitedstatesian”... with varying levels of success, as he continues to be mistaken for either a Dutchman, the wrong writer, or, worst of all, a “bad gay.” We cannot, however, escape ourselves—even across deserts, bayous, and coastlines. From his estranged father and strained relationship with Freddy, to the reckoning he experiences in confronting his privilege, Arthur Less must eventually face his personal demons. With all of the irrepressible wit and musicality that made Less a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning, must-read breakout book, Less Is Lost is a profound and joyous novel about the enigma of life in America, the riddle of love, and the stories we tell along the way.