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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017
A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award, and the California Book Award
Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.
QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?
ANSWER: You accept them all.
What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.
Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story.
A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.
"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."--Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Book Review
A Today Show Summer Reads Pick
A Washington Post Book of the Year
"We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect, and devastating exploration of the mystery at the heart of every relationship--how we can ever truly know another person.
It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful young housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset District in San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health, but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep, and everything changes. Lyrical, and surprising, The Story of a Marriage is, in the words of Khaled Housseini, "a book about love, and it is a marvel to watch Greer probe the mysteries of love to such devastating effect."
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An extraordinarily haunting love story told in the voice of a man who appears to age backwards
We are each the love of someone's life.
So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other. At his birth, Max's father declares him a "nisse," a creature of Danish myth, as his baby son has the external physical appearance of an old, dying creature. Max grows older like any child, but his physical age appears to go backward--on the outside a very old man, but inside still a fearful child.
The story is told in three acts. First, young Max falls in love with a neighborhood girl, Alice, who ages as normally as any of us. Max, of course, does not; as a young man, he has an older man's body. But his curse is also his blessing: as he gets older, his body grows younger, so each successive time he finds his Alice, she does not recognize him. She takes him for a stranger, and Max is given another chance at love.
Set against the historical backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century, Max's life and confessions question the very nature of time, of appearance and reality, and of love itself. A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, Andrew Sean Greer's The Confessions of Max Tivoli reveals the world through the eyes of a "monster," a being who confounds the very certainties by which we live and in doing so embodies in extremis what it means to be human.
From the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli comes The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, a rapturously romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived.
After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well—though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.
In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?
In the title story of this collection, neighborhood boys crouch in a backyard toolshed, and conspire to prove their piano teachers to be witches. In "Cannibal Kings," a disillusioned young man accompanies a troubled boy on a tour of prep schools through the Pacific Northwest, only to realize that he has lost his way in life. And in "Come Live With Me And Be My Love," a middle-aged gentleman looks back at his mannered early life as a Ivy Leaguer, married to a vivacious woman but silently yearning for his best friend -- and the sacrifices that each made to uphold their compromising bargain.
With a classic storyteller's gift for nuance and understanding, and a poet's grace for language, Andrew Sean Greer makes a remarkable debut with How It Was For Me.
PREMIO PULITZER DE LITERATURA 2018
¿Quién dice que no se puede huir de los problemas?
Eres un escritor fracasado a punto de cumplir los cincuenta. Te llega por correo una invitación de boda: quien fuera tu pareja durante nueve años va a casarse con otro. Evidentemente, no puedes aceptar la invitación; la situación sería demasiado incómoda. Pero tampoco puedes rechazarla, porque parecería una derrota. Encima de la mesa hay varias invitaciones a encuentros literarios de poca monta por todo el mundo.
PREGUNTA: ¿Cómo te las arreglas para estar fuera de la ciudad?
RESPUESTA: Aceptándolas todas.
¿Qué podría salir mal?
Así empieza la vuelta al mundo en ochenta días en la que el novelista Arthur Less viajará por México, Italia, Alemania, Marruecos, India y Japón para poner miles de kilómetros de distancia entre él y el compromiso que se niega a afrontar.
Bienvenido al "bestseller" que ha tenido gran acogida por lectores de todo el mundo: una historia de amor, una sátira del estadounidense en el extranjero, una reflexión sobre el tiempo y el corazón humano. "Less" nos muestra a un escritor en la cima de su talento que alza el telón de una comedia humana universal.
«Deslumbrante, mágica y maravillosa».
New York Times
«Un logro asombroso».
Domanda: come puoi risolvere entrambi i problemi? Soluzione: accetti tutti gli inviti, se sei Arthur Less.
Inizia così una specie di folle e fantasioso giro del mondo in 80 giorni che porterà Less in Messico, Francia, Germania, Italia, Marocco, India e Giappone, riuscendo a frapporre migliaia di chilometri tra lui e i problemi che si rifiuta di affrontare. Cosa potrebbe andare storto? Tanto per cominciare, Arthur rischierà di innamorarsi a Parigi e di morire a Berlino, sfuggirà per un pelo a una tempesta di sabbia in Marocco e arriverà in Giappone troppo tardi per la fioritura dei ciliegi. In un giorno e in un luogo imprecisati, Less compirà i fatidici cinquant’anni: questa seconda fase della vita gli arriverà addosso come un missile, trascinando con sé il suo primo amore e anche l’ultimo.
Dall’autore di Le confessioni di Max Tivoli e Storia di un matrimonio, una commedia romantica, una satira sul tipico occidentale all’estero, una riflessione sul tempo e sul cuore dell’uomo.
“Andrew Sean Greer è uno degli scrittori di maggior talento in circolazione.”
“Uno dei migliori scrittori del nostro tempo.”
“Greer sa cogliere la ‘piccola follia nascosta nelle
cose ordinarie’ con ineguagliabile maestria.”
The New Yorker