Greer’s comic picaresque revolves around writer Arthur Less, whose better days appear to be in the past. In New York to interview a far more popular novelist, he is abruptly dropped by his publisher, and made desperate by this humiliation—as well as the impending nuptials of a former boyfriend—he embarks on a series of literary escapes. Greer’s wit is piercing, and his novel is laugh-out-loud funny while also emotionally resonant. We’ve all been there, after all: that moment when we realize that what we have is what we’re going to get. And yet, if Less’s experiences are any indication, there are still surprises, even (dare we say) moments of redemption, which emerge in the most unlikely and unexpected ways.
Andrew Sean Greer’s novel is the California Book Club’s February 2023 selection.
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