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Andrew Sean Greer
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You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. 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.
For Arthur Less, life is going surprisingly well: he is a moderately accomplished novelist in a steady relationship with his partner, Freddy Pelu. But nothing lasts: the death of an old lover and a sudden financial crisis has Less running away from his problems yet again as he accepts a series of literary gigs that send him on a zigzagging adventure across the US. Less roves across the 'Mild Mild West', through the South and to his mid-Atlantic birthplace, with an ever-changing posse of writerly characters and his trusty duo.
Who says you can't run away from your problems? Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face.
Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in different eras. During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and alternate lives in 1918, where she is a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, which transforms her into a devoted mother and wife. As her final treatment looms, questions arise: What will happen once each Greta learns how to remain in one of the other worlds?
"Einmal im Leben widerfährt jedem von uns das Unmögliche" - Greta Wells widerfährt es gleich mehrmals: Sie wird durch die Zeit katapultiert, in alternative Versionen ihres Lebens, die sich 1918, 1941 und 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?
Problema: sei uno scrittore fallito sulla soglia dei cinquant'anni. Il tuo ex fidanzato, cui sei stato legato per nove anni, sta per sposare un altro. Non puoi andare al suo matrimonio, sarebbe troppo strano, e non puoi rifiutare, sembrerebbe una sconfitta. Sulla tua scrivania intanto languono una serie di improbabili inviti da festival ed editori di tutto il mondo. Domanda: come puoi risolvere entrambi i problemi? Soluzione: accetti tutti gli inviti, se sei Arthur Less.
Nel 1965 un gruppo di astronomi si ritrova su una piccola isola del Pacifico per assistere al passaggio di una cometa. Ma quando un bambino muore durante la pioggia di meteore, la vita di tutti i presenti, e dei loro affetti, subirà un cambiamento radicale e silenzioso, che si rivelerà pienamente solo molti anni dopo. Denise, carica dei ricordi di un'infanzia molto particolare, combatte per ottenere il rispetto che merita nel suo lavoro; il suo amico Eli, sposato con una donna che adora ma impenetrabile, è sempre più attratto da Denise e dalla sua mente imprevedibile.
Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. 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?