The January read will be Andrew Greer's Pulitzer Prize winning comic novel, Less.
Less is the story of a 49-year-old writer, Arthur Less. Caught in a cycle of bad reviews and reduced to interviewing blockbuster-writing hacks for no fee, Arthur's life is in freefall. Then, to crown his descent, he learns that his former boyfriend is about to get married. Determined to avoid the wedding - and heartbreak at all costs, he decides to embark on a trip around the world, accepting invitations to a series of half-baked lectures and literary events.
From almost falling in love in Paris, almost falling to death in Berlin, to booking himself as the (only) writer on a residency in India, and an encounter in a desert with the last person on earth he wishes to see, Less is a novel about missteps, misunderstanding and mistakes.
Counting John Updike, Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers and John Irving among his many admirers Andrew Sean Greer has been steadily making a name as a writer to watch. Less is a tour de force offering; a book that will have you aching with laughter one moment and cut to the core the next. Excellent fun and endlessly surprising, its a novel about life's unexpected turns and the resilience of hope. As the New York Times puts it, 'no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful'; it's a joy to read.