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Andrew Sean Greer

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Andrew Sean Greer (born 1970 in Washington, DC) is an American novelist and short story writer.

He is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage, which The New York Times has called an “inspired, lyrical novel,” and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune while garnering several other coast-to-coast honors.

Genres: Literary Fiction, General Fiction

Arthur Less
   1. Less (2017)
   2. Less Is Lost (2022)
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