Eden Book Club: Less Is Lost Discussion
Full of heart, charm, and Lessian awkwardness, Less Is Lost is the witty companion to Andrew Sean Greer’s literary travel romp, Less (a former Eden Travel Book Club pick).
Set throughout the US (Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, Navajo Nation to Santa Fe, through Texas to the South), Less Is Lost is an all-American satire, quick with banter and unafraid of quips and jest. It’s remarkably clever and delightfully observant, told with a razor-sharp lens.
Most months, I would have loved a story like this. But I’ve been in a reading slump lately, and unfortunately, Less Is Lost did not pull me out of it. Had this not been our book club pick of the month, I would have deprioritized reading Less Is Lost (and enjoyed its facetiousness at a point when plodding plots, droll digressions, and amusing asides captivate me more than lull me to sleep).
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!
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. 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 Is Lost Discussion Questions
- Arthur Less is an escapist with emotions tailing at his heels. What themes is Less running away from and running towards?
- How does Arthur Less deal with loneliness and solitude in Less In Lost?
- 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 your favorite quotes from Less Is Lost?
- What were the biggest emotions you felt whilst reading this novel?
- Arthur travels to several locations throughout this story. Was there any place you enjoyed reading about the most?
- What was your favorite observation about America, American places, and American behaviors in Less Is Lost?
- What role does uncertainty play in Less Is Lost?
- If the author had a chance to include one more location, what location would you want included and why?
July 2023 Book Club Pick
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!