Less Is Lost (CD-Audio)

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Life has delivered a couple of body blows to Arthur Less in this engaging sequel to the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. His ex-lover and mentor, Robert Brownburn, has died and his estate is demanding that Less pay the back rent on the property where he has been living. Faced with unexpected debt, Less reluctantly accepts a job writing a piece about the notoriously disagreeable H.H.H. Mandern. It takes him on a cross-country odyssey and an edgy reunion with his estranged father. For all his style and polish, Arthur Less frequently displays an innocence that is, at times, downright endearing. How else can anyone describe a man who thinks that sporting a handlebar mustache will ease his peril in a homophobic world? — Alden Graves

Less Is Lost is the delightful sequel to Greer’s Pulitzer-winning novel Less. Arthur Less, that most flappable of protagonists, is sent into yet another crisis for the unpaid back rent he owes on his ex-lover’s San Francisco apartment. Once again accepting all of the gigs that come his way, Less sets out for America in what will prove to be another odyssey of humiliations. Through the south and despite his attempts to camouflage being gay with copious American flags on his RV, flip-flops, wraparound sunglasses, and a “hoot ‘n’ holler” T-shirt, he is identified and always asked about his accent. “European? Dutch?” By the end, Less will have to weather the death of his first love, a strained relationship with Freddy, his no longer absent father, hurricanes, accidentally flooding a campground, the return of H.H.H. Mandern, bizarre theater troupes, and another writer also named Arthur Less.

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“The sincerity, heart, and pitch perfect humor that made me love Less are stronger than ever in the sequel. A beautiful, entertaining, and life-affirming read that’ll leave you smiling and pondering how to make the most of your life.”
— David Vogel, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI


In the follow-up to the “bedazzling, bewitching, and be-wonderful” (NYTBR) 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.

About the Author

Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. Greer has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in San Francisco.

Praise For…

"Does Andrew Greer think of himself as a comic novelist? Does a giraffe think of itself as a giraffe? Probably it doesn’t matter. This book, though, is wildly,  painfully, funny. It sometimes hurts to read it."—David Sedaris, author of A Carnival of Snackery

"It is a deep pleasure to return to the adventures of Arthur Less and his beloved Freddy. Greer is a brilliant storyteller as always, and the joyfulness of this book is a balm. I loved reading it.”—Madeline Miller, bestselling author of CIRCE


"Less is the funniest, smartest and most humane novel I've read since Tom Rachman's 2010 debut, The Imperfectionists. . . . Greer writes sentences of arresting lyricism and beauty. His metaphors come at you like fireflies. . . . 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

"Greer is an exceptionally lovely writer, capable of mingling humor with sharp poignancy.... Brilliantly funny.... Greer's narration, so elegantly laced with wit, cradles the story of a man who loses everything: his lover, his suitcase, his beard, his dignity."Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Greer's novel is philosophical, poignant, funny and wise, filled with unexpected turns....Although Greer is gifted and subtle in comic moments, he's just as adept at ruminating on the deeper stuff. His protagonist grapples with aging, loneliness, creativity, grief, self-pity and more."—San Francisco Chronicle

"I recommend it with my whole heart."
Ann Patchett

"Marvelously, unexpectedly, endearingly funny. A love story focused on the erroneous belief that the second half of life will pale in comparison to the first. Guess what? It won't!"—Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success

Product Details
ISBN: 9781549112058
ISBN-10: 1549112058
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
Language: English