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
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 has taught at a number of universities, including 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.


While in San Francisco, he began to publish in magazines before releasing a collection of his stories, How It Was for Me. 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, published in 2008, is about a San Francisco housewife who opens her door one day in 1952 to a stranger who makes an incredible offer, one that upends her world and reveals secrets and lies going back decades.[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, Greer's fifth book and fourth novel, further develops the themes of love and time by presenting his main character with three versions of her life.[18] Each morning, she awakens to the same room, the same city, and the same aunt, brother, and lover. The only change is the year in which they all are living: 1918, 1941, and 1985. Threads of war and disease connect the worlds, and Greta watches characters sometimes unable to live their lives, sometimes bound to repeat them. It was published in June 2013.[19]

His sixth book, a novel entitled Less, was published by Lee Boudreaux books in 2017. It is the comedy of a man fleeing the humiliations of love, middle-age, and failure by accepting invitations that lead to a trip around the world and back, at last, to face his final demon: himself.[20] 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". Goodreads. 
  19. ^ "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells". HarperCollins Publishers. 
  20. ^ "Lee Boudreaux Books - LESS by Andrew Sean Greer". Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  21. ^ "The O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 - Winning Stories", The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories
  22. ^ "The Story of a Marriage - Andrew Sean Greer - Macmillan". Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Less". Retrieved January 8, 2018. 

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