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Less Is Lost

By: Andrew Sean Greer
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
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Publisher's Summary

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-listen 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.

©2022 Andrew Sean Greer (P)2022 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"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

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dead end

I love the less books but the cliff hangers are the absolute worst and kill me

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Read both books! Start with Less.

First: the narrator is fabulous. But mostly the character of Less is so well developed. It is literary fiction that is romantic. He is a dear, flawed man and the writing is amazing. Read Less first, then Less Is Lost. Quirky and funny and so full of love. Truly now two of my most favorite books of all time! I recommend it wholeheartedly!

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At already as good as Less

I could not stop listening. As much as I loved Less, I loved Less is Lost even more. From characters developing, from more about grief and love and joy and misfortune, it just took me in and did not let go. And, of course, fantastic narration.

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Loved it!

I hope there is a 3rd book to this series. I really hate cliff hangers

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Intentionally bad?

Since narrator is first-time novelist, maybe awkward narration, florid and unnecessary vocabulary, clumsy structure are intentional? Less was so good; it's difficult to believe same author blundered this so badly. Oh, and Arthur Less is just stupid in this novel, not unaware as he was on original.

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Hilariously clever!!!

How does he do this? A seemingly chaotic story winds to its natural conclusion. Superb.

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Great story and narrator

I love the narrator almost as much as the story. Both books in this series are very entertaining and funny.

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Good sequel to great first in series

I will say that my cover-to-cover read of Less was on a flight to Europe, so listening to this one may have made it slightly less humorous because seeing the words in print often aid ASG’s work. Loved this, too. Just not the same and likely due to the change in format.

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Laugh aloud and listen again

Greer is really clever and there are fun puns andcomic repetitions and signals about literature if you like to catch them. It’s about humiliating mistakes that come out all right, a road trip for love.
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A fun escape with laugh out loud phrasing

A great sequel with more of Greer’s clever writing and lovable characters. Robert Petkoff is a fabulous performer who brings the story to even greater life!