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By Andrew Sean Greer

GBC Book of the Month July 2019

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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.

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.

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  1. Christy says:

    Where do I find the discussion questions for ‘Less”? I’d love to be prepared for July’s book group?

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  2. Chris says:

    I was looking for the discussion questions, too. Did you ever find them?

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  3. Chris says:

    Great! Thanks, Jamie!

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  4. Girly Book Club says:

    July’s questions are now posted!




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  5. Lisa Butts-Heide says:

    Hi there,
    I just moved to Halifax with my kids and husband. Could you please let me know about the upcoming book club meeting and also the book everyone is reading.
    I’m really looking forward to making friends here. I lived my entire life in Calgary so this is part of the country is very new for me.

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