Andrew Sean Greer

1 Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Gay  Literary 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2017-07-18
Description :  <b><b>A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (<i>New York Times Book Review).</i></b></b><b><b><i></i><br /><br />WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE<br />National Bestseller</b><i><br /></i>A<i> New York Times</i> Notable Book of 2017<b><br />A <i>Washington Post </i>Top Ten Book of 2017<br />A <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> Top Ten Book of 2017<br /></b></b><b><b><b><b>Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award and the California Book Award<br /> </b></b></b><i><br /></i>"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, </b><i><b>Washington Post<br /><br /></b></i><b>"Andrew Sean Greer's<i> Less</i> is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."-<i>-</i>Christopher Buckley<i>, New York Times Book Review</i></b><i><br /><br />Who says you can't run away from your problems?</i> 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.<br /><br /><b>QUESTION</b>: How do you arrange to skip town?<br /><br /><b>ANSWER</b>: You accept them all.<br /><br /><i>What would possibly go wrong? </i>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.<br /><br />Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, <i>Less</i> is, above all, a love story.<br /><br />A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author <i>The New York Times</i> has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," <i>Less </i>shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.<i><br /><br /></i>

2 The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-06-25
Description :  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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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?

3 The Confessions of Max Tivoli

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-04-01
Description :  <b>Today Show Book Club Pick</b><br /><br /><b>An extraordinarily haunting love story told in the voice of a man who appears to age backwards</b><br /><br /><i>We are each the love of someone's life.</i><br /><br />So begins <i>The Confessions of Max Tivoli</i>, 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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 <i>The Confessions of Max Tivoli</i> 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.

4 The Story of a Marriage

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Gay 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2008-04-29
Description :  <b><i>A </i></b><b>Today Show </b><b><i>Summer Reads Pick</i></b><br /><br /><b>A <i>Washington Post </i>Book of the Year</b><br /><b></b><br />"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. <br /><br />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, <i>The Story of a Marriage</i> 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."

5 How It Was for Me

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-11-05
Description :  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.<br /><br />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 <i>How It Was For Me.</i>

6 The Path of Minor Planets

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-04-01
Description :  In 1965, on a small island in the South Pacific, a group of astronomers gather to witness the passing of a comet, but when a young boy dies during a meteor shower, the lives of the scientists and their loved ones change in subtle yet profound ways. Denise struggles for respect in her professional life, married Eli becomes increasingly attracted to Denise and her quixotic mind, and young Lydia attempts to escape the scientists' long-casting shadows. Andrew Sean Greer's remarkable and sweeping first novel,<i> The Path of Minor Planets</i>, is an exploration of chances taken and lost, of love found and broken, and of time's subtle gravitational pull on the lives of everyday and extraordinary people.

7 Geschichte einer Ehe

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2013-11-21
Description :  &#34;Wir glauben, die zu kennen, die wir lieben.&#34; Ein Roman über das Geheimnis eines Lebens und die erschütternde Zärtlichkeit der Liebe.San Francisco: Draußen am Strand glaubt sich Holland sicher – hier in seinem kleinen Haus mit seiner Frau Pearlie und dem Sohn. Doch die Vergangenheit klopft an die Tür, und Pearlie begreift, dass sie nur ein Teil in einem Dreieck ist. Drei Außenseiter, die mit ihren Leidenschaften ringen, und ein Gebot von 100.000 Dollar, um dem Leben eine neue Richtung zu geben – die Geschichte einer Ehe. Andrew Sean Greers großartiger Roman entfaltet einen poetischen Sog, dem sich niemand entziehen kann, der schon einmal um ein Herz gekämpft hat – darum, es zu kennen, es zu halten oder, notfalls, freizugeben. &#34;Bewegend&#34;, urteilte John Updike.

8 Le vite impossibili di Greta Wells

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-01-29
Description :  1985. Dopo la morte del suo amato fratello gemello Felix, e la fine della lunga relazione con il compagno Nathan, Greta Wells decide di iniziare un trattamento psichiatrico. Ma la cura ha effetti collaterali inattesi, e Greta si ritrova trasportata nelle vite che avrebbe potuto vivere se fosse nata in epoche diverse. Nel 1918, in cui Greta è un’adultera bohémienne; e nel 1941, dove Greta si scopre invece madre e moglie devota. Anche se lontane nel tempo e diverse tra loro, le tre vite di Greta Wells hanno innegabiliaffinità: sono tutte segnate da tensioni famigliari e scelte difficili, da perdite e doni del destino, e in ciascuna vita c’è un prezzo da pagare per riuscire a spuntarla. Così la Greta del 1985 scopre che le sue alias sono imprevedibili, uniche, come forse lo è anche lei. Perché questo viaggio nel tempo è un viaggio all’audace scoperta di se stessa. Mentre la cura volge al termine, e il tempo avrà svelato i suoi paradossi, Greta dovrà scegliere quale se stessa voler essere, quale tempo e vita abitare. Avvolto da un’atmosfera magica, Le vite impossibili di Greta Wells non è solo un romanzo che racconta un viaggio nel tempo, ma delinea il ritratto struggente e indimenticabile di una donna dalla complessità inesauribile, cui neppure il tempo può tracciare i confini.

9 Le confessioni di Max Tivoli

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2014-05-21
Description :  Max Tivoli nasce nel 1871 a settant’anni, quindi sa che morirà nel 1941 – e ha sempre sotto gli occhi la fatidica scadenza, incisa su una catenella d’oro. Siamo di fronte a un personaggio quanto meno insolito, e indimenticabile – una volta tanto questi attributi vanno presi alla lettera –, come è indimenticabile la sua voce, che rapisce fin dalle prime parole di queste "Confessioni". Chi è, o meglio che cos’è Max Tivoli? Difficile dirlo, perché in realtà «non c’è nome per quello che è», per chi, come lui, viene al mondo «dalla fine della vita». Ma che razza di maledizione è diventare giovani, sempre più giovani, col passare del tempo? Scoprire, ad esempio, il sesso con il fisico di un cinquantatreenne e l’esperienza di un castissimo diciassettenne? Se si invecchia dentro e ringiovanisce fuori, la presunta simmetria della vita, l’ordine stesso delle cose risultano invertiti. E Max è destinato a quella cosa stupida, e stupenda, che è dissipare la vita per amore. Per ben tre volte e in tre modulazioni – paterna, romantica (intorno al 1906, per una breve stagione, l’età reale e quella apparente coincidono) e filiale – avrà modo di amare, sempre invano, la donna della sua vita, che non lo riconosce mai come persona né, poiché rincorre un altro sogno, riconosce in lui la persona da amare. Come ogni grande mostro della letteratura – da Dracula a Dorian Gray –, Max Tivoli rispecchia quel «mostro segreto» che è in noi. E le sue "Confessioni", ha scritto John Updike, «hanno il fulgore della poesia e il richiamo incantatorio del dolore».

10 La storia di un matrimonio

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2014-05-21
Description :  «Crediamo tutti di conoscere le persone che amiamo»: così Pearlie Cook comincia a raccontarci gli incredibili sei mesi che sono stati, per il suo matrimonio, una sorta di inesorabile lastra ai raggi X. Siamo nel 1953, in un quartiere appartato e nebbioso di ex militari ai margini di San Francisco, e tutto nella vita dei Cook parla ancora della guerra: la salute cagionevole di Holland, i ricordi tormentati di lei, le loro abitudini morigerate e un po’ grigie. Una vita per il resto normalissima, come sottolinea la voce ammaliante di Pearlie – mentre la sua testa scoppia di pensieri che forse, via via che si disvelano, preferiremmo non ascoltare. Eppure li leggiamo con avidità, rassicurati dal fatto che lei, palesemente, ha intenzione di dirci proprio tutto. Perché, allora, ci sentiamo invadere da un’ansia arcana, da un senso di vertigine e di smarrimento, come davanti a certe atmosfere torve di Edgar Allan Poe? Non solo per il susseguirsi di colpi di scena che ci avvincono a ogni riga sino a condurci all’unico finale davvero imprevedibile. Non solo per l’uomo venuto dal passato, per la lettera che colpisce come un pugno, per i terribili segreti che si dischiudono a uno a uno... Sarà allora per la dolorosa lucidità con cui la narratrice riesce a indagare la distanza che separa ciascuno di noi dagli altri? O perché a ogni pagina ci chiediamo: come fa Pearlie a sapere tutte queste cose – di noi?

11 Ein unmögliches Leben

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-04-24
Description :  &#34;Dieser wunderbare Roman lehrt uns nicht weniger als Magie.&#34; (John Irving)&#34;Das Unmögliche passiert uns allen ein Mal&#34; – Greta Wells widerfährt es gleich mehrmals: Sie wird durch die Zeit katapultiert, in alternative Versionen ihres Lebens, die sich 1918, 1941, 1985 zutragen. Überall trifft sie ihre Lieben wieder, den Zwillingsbruder, den Geliebten, die exzentrische Tante Ruth, aber jede Zeit kennt andere Träume und andere Tode, und jede Zeit macht Greta zu einer anderen. Welche dieser Frauen will sie sein?Andrew Sean Greer erzählt wie kein anderer vom rätselhaften Reichtum unserer Existenz. Ein unvergesslicher Roman, gefühlvoll und atmosphärisch, über unsere Möglichkeiten und was wir daraus machen, denn &#34;wir sind so viel mehr, als wir meinen&#34;.

12 Die Nacht des Lichts

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-11-06
Description :  Auf einer Insel im Südpazifik trifft sich 1965 eine Gruppe kalifornischer Astronomen, um einen Kometen zu beobachten. Das Gestirn streicht vorbei, aber ein Junge stirbt - ein Erlebnis, das sie nicht mehr loslassen wird. Von nun treffen sich sich alle sechs Jahre, um den Kometen zu beobachten und ihr Leben neu zu vermessen.Der Roman beschreibt das nomadische Zuhause, das wir uns durch Freundschaften schaffen, er evoziert die Sehnsucht, mit der wir an ihnen bauen. Das Mobile der Figuren dreht sich in der Zugluft ihrer Biographien. Einfühlsam zeigt uns Greer die Farbe der Gefühle, die Räume aus Einsamkeit, die Kreuzungen aus Ehrgeiz und Passion. Der Roman ist ein Haus, in dem Helden wie Planeten kreisen.

13 Die erstaunliche Geschichte des Max Tivoli

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-12-06
Description :  &#34;Jeder von uns ist die Liebe im Leben eines anderen&#34;, beginnt Max Tivoli die unerhörte Geschichte seines Lebens, das sich in einem Detail von allem unterscheidet. Und dieses Detail hütet er wie ein Geheimnis: Alt geboren, wird er seinem Ende entgegen zum Kind. Als das Erdbeben San Francisco erschüttert, ist er Mitte dreißig, und gegen Ende seines Lebens werden die ersten Radios in die Autos eingebaut. Die Achse, um die sich sein Leben dreht, heißt Alice. Max liebt sie sein Leben lang, doch als sie jung ist, wirkt er alt. Erst viel später schlagen die Uhren der beiden für kurze Zeit im gleichen Takt und ihre Liebe erhält eine zweite Chance. Doch auch sie bleibt nicht von Dauer. Selten wurde die Tragik und das Glück einer sich verfehlenden Liebe so packend inszeniert wie hier. Andrew Sean Greer evoziert in seinem Roman ein Leben voll Sehnsucht und Einsamkeit. Mit Staunen und Verwunderung feierte die amerikanische Kritik die Wahrheiten einer rückwärts gelebten Biographie. &#34;Nur sehr selten macht eine wirklich originelle neue Stimme auf sich aufmerksam und erzählt eine noch nie gehörte Geschichte. Andrew Sean Greer ist ein phantastischer Schriftsteller und Max Tivoli markiert den Beginn eines bemerkenswerten Werkes, das bleiben wird.&#34;Michael Cunningham

14 Mister Weniger

Author : Andrew Sean Greer
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $22.99
Release Date :  2018-03-21
Description :  Pulitzer Preis 2018 für Andrew Sean Greer &#34;Mister Weniger&#34;&#34;Mister Weniger&#34; ist eine schreiend komische Liebeskomödie, die sich nicht um Konventionen schert, ein Wundermittel gegen Liebeskummer und Trost für alle, die schon gemerkt haben, dass die Liebe manchmal seltsame Wege geht.Der Schriftsteller Arthur Weniger hat von allem ein bisschen zu wenig. Wo anderen ein dickes Fell gewachsen ist, schmückt ihn bloß die zarte Schale eines Butterkrebses. Um sich vor der Hochzeit seiner Langzeitaffäre Freddy zu drücken, führt der arglose Weniger tapfer sein geschundenes Herz spazieren – New York, Berlin, Mexico City, Kyoto –, Hauptsache weg. Überall begegnet er der Liebe und nirgends läuft sie, wie sie soll. Doch erst die totale Schieflage rückt wieder alles ins Lot. Eine erfrischend andere Liebeskomödie.Als Weniger erfährt, dass seine Langzeitaffäre Freddy einen anderen heiraten wird, tut er, was jeder vernünftige Mensch tun würde: davonlaufen. Er nimmt jede Einladung an, die ihm der Literaturbetrieb in den letzten Monaten beschert hat. Doch seine Reise bietet nicht die Ablenkung, die Weniger sich erhofft hatte. Der liebenswerte Tollpatsch tritt von einem Fettnäpfchen ins nächste, er trifft alte Bekannte und denkt bei all dem unentwegt über die Liebe nach. Die etwas andere Liebeskomödie - todkomischer Balsam für die Seele.



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