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‘If Less by Andrew Sean Greer left a hole in your life, good news: Last Resort will fill it. Fast and funny, it feels like a backstage pass to the book world’
Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss

‘A sharply written, headlong romp’
Lionel Shriver

‘I finished it in a day’
Nell Zink

When a bestseller-to-be cuts too close to reality, its author must make a Faustian bargain – both on the page and in real life


Caleb Horowitz is twenty-seven, and his wildest dreams are about to come true. His manuscript has caught the attention of the literary agent, who offers him fame, fortune and a taste of the literary life. He can’t wait for his book to be shopped around to every editor in New York, except one: Avi Dietsch, a college rival and the novel’s ‘inspiration.’

When Avi gets his hands on Caleb’s manuscript, he sees nothing but theft?and opportunity.

And so Caleb is forced to make a Faustian bargain, one that tests his theories of success, ambition and the limits of art – and as he fights to right his mistakes and reclaim his name, he must burn every bridge and finally see his work from the perspective of those locked inside.

Reviews

If there's nothing new under the sun, can anyone be original without lying? Would truth still be stranger than fiction if people were honest in real life? This fast-paced simulacrum of a commercial novel is not out to please the critics. I finished it in a day.
Nell Zink, author of DOXOLOGY
Lipstein asks the timely question: does one possess sole title to one's own story? A sharply written, headlong romp.
Lionel Shriver, author of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Authenticity and possession of stories are the surface themes of Last Resort, but it is really about ambition and emptiness, about a callow young man with nothing to say self-destructively looking for shortcuts in literature and life. But the great irony is that Andrew Lipstein's impeccably written debut has quite a lot to say, and, as with the best comic novels, his semi-hero's misadventures have an undertow of real sadness.
Teddy Wayne
If Less by Andrew Sean Greer left a hole in your life, good news: Last Resort will fill it. Fast and funny, it feels like a backstage pass to the book world.
Meg Mason, author of SORROW AND BLISS