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Publisher's Summary

Less: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!

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

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
National best seller
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
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award, and the California Book Award

Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. 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 50. 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.

Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2019 Andrew Sean Greer (P)2019 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"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)

"Greer elevates Less' picaresque journey into a wise and witty novel. This is no Eat, Pray, Love story of touristic uplift, but rather a grand travelogue of foibles, humiliations and self-deprecation, ending in joy, and a dollop of self-knowledge." (National Book Review)

"I adore this book. It's funny, piquant, bittersweet and so achingly observant about the vanity of writers that it made me squirm in recognition. I'll probably read it again very soon." (Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City)

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Less is wonderful

I started Less three times before I could not put it down. Beautifully written, insightful, funny and sad all at once, I know I will read it again.

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Less is not more. Plus a Pulitzer?

Wow. What a disappointment. I cannot fathom how this won the Pulitzer. I’m gobsmacked. It’s a trifle overly descriptive whining book about a privileged white gay man that wrote a book about a privileged white gay man so he travels the world. If I wrote a piece of fiction the year this was awarded the top prize in literature I would quit everything and burn books.

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