Less (novel)

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First edition cover
AuthorAndrew Sean Greer
CountryUnited States
PublisherLee Boudreaux Books, Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Australia
Publication date
July 18, 2017[1]
May 22, 2018[2] (Australia)
ISBN9780316316125 [1]

Less is a satirical comedy novel by American author Andrew Sean Greer first published in 2017. It follows writer Arthur Less while he travels the world on a literary tour to numb his loss of the man he loves.

The book covers themes such as romantic love, relationships, aging, and travel. Greer began writing Less as a "very serious novel" but found that "the only way to write about [being gay and aging] is to make it a funny story. And I found that by making fun of myself, I could actually get closer to real emotion – closer to what I wanted in my more serious books."[4]

Less won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.[5] In reporting the award, the Associated Press accidentally wrote the novel's title as "Fearless."[4] The book also was a New York Times best seller, won the Northern California Book Award, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction.[6] In May 2019, Less won the Australian Book Industry Award for International Book of the Year, awarded by the Australian Publishers Association.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Less by Andrew Sean Greer". Little, Brown and Company. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Less by Andrew Sean Greer". Hachette Australia. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Buckley, Christopher. "June's Book Club Pick: 'Less,' by Andrew Sean Greer". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Charles, Ron (April 17, 2018). "Finally, a comic novel gets a Pulitzer Prize. It's about time". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Less, by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company)". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Less, a novel". Andrew Sean Greer. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "2019 Winners Announced". ABIA. Retrieved May 5, 2019.

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