Back Bay Books
On Sale: May 22, 2018
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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
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