February 2020 Read: Less


LESS,  Andrew Sean Greer, 2017. (261 pages)


A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of “arresting lyricism and beauty” (New York Times Book Review).


National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017

A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017

Long listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award and the California Book Award
“I could not love LESS more.”–Ron Charles, Washington Post

“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

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…

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, 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.

Also proposed:

The Friend: A Novel,  Sigrid Nunez, 2018  (212 pages)

The Nickel Boys: A Novel,   Colson Whitehead, 2019 (224 Pages)

November 14 Bookclub

Shirley has delayed her renovations to bring us a delectable dinner. She will be serving shrimp and polenta with a green veggie. Please let us know if you can come and what delightful drink or libation you will be supplying.