BLT: Books & Lunch on Tuesdays

BLT meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for good discussion.

Less: A NovelTuesday, March 12th
Less: A Novel

by Andrew Sean Greer

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*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize*

While such luminaries as Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, and John Irving have praised Greer's previous novels, including The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells (2013), Less is perhaps his finest yet. It follows Arthur Less, a novelist whose longtime boyfriend is getting married. In order to avoid the ceremony, Less accepts invitations to all the literary events he has been invited to. The subsequent tale moves across not only space--from San Francisco to New York, Mexico, Italy, Germany, France, India, and Japan--but also time, as Less looks back at his life as he approaches his fiftieth birthday. Once on the periphery of an artistic movement, the Russian River School, and involved with one of the founders, Less now exploits this connection to enable his journey.Through numerous flashbacks, Greer signals his debt to Proust (something he shares with Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, 2010) and paints a comic yet moving picture of an American abroad. As Greer explores Less' lovelorn memories, he also playfully mocks the often ludicrous nature of the publishing industry, as does Percival Everett in his acerbic Erasure (2001). Less is a wondrous achievement, deserving an even larger audience than Greer's best-selling The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004). - Booklist (starred review)

 


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Where: Howe Library
Room: Rotary Room
Time: 12:00 - 1:00