by Andrew Sean Greer
Little, Brown. 265 pages, $26.
LESS is a gem of a novel, combining humor and heartbreak. It tells the story of Arthur Less, a middling novelist on the verge of turning fifty, who, attempting to avoid the wedding of an ex-lover, agrees to attend a series of literary events all around the world. What follows is a comic romp in various exotic locations, with thoughtful considerations from Less about writing, aging, love, and relationships.