Andrew Sean Greer

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Andrew Sean Greer
Born (1970-11-05) November 5, 1970 (age 47)
Washington D.C., U.S.
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Genre Romance
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2018)
Years active 2001–present

Andrew Sean Greer (born November 1970) is an American novelist and short story writer.[1] Greer received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Less.

He is the author of The Story of a Marriage, which The New York Times has called an “inspired, lyrical novel,” and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named one of the best books of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle[2] and received a California Book Award.[3]


Andrew Sean Greer was born in November 1970, in Washington, D.C., the child of two scientists.[4] He is the author of six works of fiction.[5] Greer taught at Freie Universität in Berlin[6] and the Iowa Writers Workshop.[7] He was a finalist for the Premio von Rezzori for a work translated into Italian,[8] as well as a Today Show pick,[9] a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow,[10] and NEA Fellow,[11] and a judge for the National Book Award.[12] He is an identical twin.


His stories have appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New Yorker and other national publications, and have been anthologized most recently in The Book of Other People, and The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories 2009.

His first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, was published in 2001.

His third book, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, came out in 2004. Writing in The New Yorker, John Updike called the book “enchanting, in the perfumed, dandified style of disenchantment brought to grandeur by Proust and Nabokov.”[13] Mitch Albom then chose The Confessions of Max Tivoli for the Today Show Book Club and it soon became a bestseller.[14] The story of a man aging backwards, it was inspired by the Bob Dylan song "My Back Pages." Though similar in theme, it is related neither to the Fitzgerald short story nor the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Greer's fourth book, The Story of a Marriage, was published in 2008.[15] The New York Times said of it: "Mr. Greer seamlessly choreographs an intricate narrative that speaks authentically to the longings and desires of his characters. All the while he never strays from the convincing and steady voice of Pearlie."[16] The Washington Post called it "thoughtful, complex and exquisitely written."[17]

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, was published in June 2013.[18]

His sixth book, a novel entitled Less, was published in 2017.[19] An excerpt was published in The New Yorker. Less received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.

Awards and prizes[edit]



  1. ^ Books, Used, New, and Out of Print Books - We Buy and Sell - Powell's. "Powell's Books". Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  2. ^ Villalon, Oscar (December 12, 2004). "The year's finest". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  3. ^ Benson, Heidi (May 16, 2005). "Max Tivoli author wins California Book Award". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  4. ^ Greer, Andrew. "Andrew Sean Greer Bio". Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Less". Hachette Book Group. 
  6. ^ "Greer, Andrew Sean". October 8, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Sean Greer - Iowa Writers' Workshop - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - The University of Iowa". Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Festival". Festival degli Scrittori - Premio Gregor von Rezzori. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Taking 'time' to find your life love". TODAY. 
  10. ^ "Andrew Sean Greer, Julie Orringer, and Lore Segal". The New York Public Library. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Andrew Sean Greer - NEA". Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  12. ^ "2007 National Book Awards Winners and Finalists, The National Book Foundation". Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  13. ^ Updike, John (January 26, 2004). "Mind/Body Problems". The New Yorker. 
  14. ^ George, Lynell (May 11, 2008). "Secrets that live in the Sunset". Los Angeles Times. 
  15. ^ "The Story of a Marriage". Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  16. ^ Walsh, Kirk (April 23, 2008). "Amid Social Shifts, a Wife of the '50s Tries to Piece Together Her Shattered World". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ See, Carolyn (May 9, 2008). "What We Do for Love". The Washington Post. 
  18. ^ "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells". HarperCollins Publishers. 
  19. ^ "Lee Boudreaux Books - LESS by Andrew Sean Greer". Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  20. ^ "The O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 - Winning Stories", The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories
  21. ^ "The Story of a Marriage - Andrew Sean Greer - Macmillan". Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Less". Retrieved January 8, 2018. 

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