In case you haven’t heard, our next title to read is “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017 as well as a list of accolades as long as your arm. The description of the book reads like a rom-com, complete with high jinks, daring-do, misadventure, and impulsive decisions.
“You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years now engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would all be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of half-baked literary invitations you’ve received from around the world.
QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?
ANSWER: You accept them all.
If you are Arthur Less.
Thus begins an around-the-world-in-eighty-days fantasia that will take Arthur Less to Mexico, Italy, Germany, Morocco, India and Japan and put thousands of miles between him and the problems he refuses to face. What could possibly go wrong?
A love story, a satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, by an author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired, lyrical,” “elegiac,” “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.”
I’m excited – are you excited?? Good. Meet us at Napper Tandy’s on Tuesday April 23 at 7:30 pm to discuss “Less.” We’re usually in the left-hand-side bar, but by a fluke of the weather we may be able to sit on the back deck. Copies of the book and book on CD are available to pick up at the second floor Reference Desk at MML, and the ebook and audiobook versions are available digitally through Overdrive. See you then!
(Tip: go ahead and put yourself on hold for the ebook and audiobook. I bought extra copies for us and they’ll go to Norwood patrons first, so you’ll skip the big scary line!)