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Eden Book Club: Less Discussion

Andrew Sean Greer’s writing is what pulled me in and out and back into Less. Less is a boldly positive novel. The story follows Arthur Less, a failed novelist who travels around the world to avoid a wedding.

Less features a dash of escaping from problems, a sprint of miscommunication, and a marathon of light-hearted awkwardness. I loved the breadth of places Arthur traveled to – France, Germany, Morocco, India. In so many moments, Less felt like a very gay rendition of Eat, Pray, Love.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book. This is very much a love-it-or-hate-it title (so feel free to sound off in the comments section) and I was definitely in either camp at one point or another.

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Book Club Discussion Guidelines

Discussion posts (like this one) will have a series of questions as starting points. But honestly, you can talk about whatever you want regarding the books (or questions). You don’t have to answer all (or any) of the questions. I’d still love to hear your thoughts!

You can join in regardless of whether you’ve read, not read, or DNF’d the book! I understand that not everyone has the time to read or finish the book so I try to include a general discussion question as well to make the discussions more inclusive.

Less Discussion Questions

  • Were there any characters you were attached to in this story? How did that attachment affect your reading experience?
  • How did you feel about the story structure and/or writing style?
  • Was there any moment in this book that made you laugh out loud?
  • What were the biggest emotions you felt whilst reading this novel?
  • How would you categorize this book? (Comedy, Contemporary, etc).
  • How do you feel about the book cover? Does it represent the story?
  • How did you feel about the narrator reveal at the very end of the novel?
  • Arthur travels to several locations throughout this story. Was there any place you enjoyed reading about the most?
  • If the author had a chance to include one more location, what location would you want included and why?
  • This novel has won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Did this book match your expectations of a Pulitzer Prize winning novel?

October 2021 Book Club Pick

sincerely anshula

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Of course, these are just starter questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Feel 100% free to discuss anything regarding the book (or otherwise). I’ll be jumping in and responding as well!

2 Comments

  • Maya
    September 28, 2021 at 7:28 AM

    I thought this book was soft. I feel like it had potential but it didn’t hit it fully. I liked the wit and I did laugh out loud but I didn’t like the characters. I saw on Goodreads that someone mentioned this is like Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine winning the Pulitzer. I hate to agree.

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  • Rita
    September 28, 2021 at 9:44 AM

    I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I like that it didn’t take itself too seriously. There was a satirical element that was nuanced. I’m not sure I felt joy throughout. I felt joy at the end but there were times that the book made me sad and maybe thats because its a contemporary so it had a sense of reality.

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