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The Least of It tells the seemingly placid tale of a man reunited with a longtime friend after years of estrangement. At the heart of their disaffection is his friend’s ex-wife, Simin, a brilliant, headstrong woman with whom the narrator has always been in love, a love unrequited, except in the confidences she has shared with him over the years, secrets that have compromised his relationship with his friend, rendering him all but incapable of speech.


Spanning a single day in Mexico City, The Least of It is a story of jealousy and deception, of innocence and complicity, of the role of one man in the betrayal and destruction of another.


Praise for The Least of It

If you enjoy romantic intrigue, thinly-veiled lust, poetic language, the occasional architectural reference, the madness of exiled empresses, and long walks through fascinating cities with brilliantly-drawn characters, you will love this intricately-knotted, fastidiously-carved gem of a book. Peter Nash's erudition and eclecticism, mastery of the written word, and skillful storytelling are all on full display here.The Least of It is a subtle, charming, impressive story of the sort that makes you want to dive into its pages and befriend the characters who dwell within them, if only to find out how to import some of their magic, some of Nash’s magic, into your life.

~William Kowalski, author of Eddie’s Bastard and Somewhere South of Here



About the Author

Peter Nash is the author of the novels, Parsimony and The Perfection of Things, and the biography, The Life and Times of Moses Jacob Ezekiel: American Sculptor, Arcadian Knight. He also co-authored a collection of essays called Trotsky’s Sink: Ninety-Eight Short Essays About Literature. He lives in New Mexico with his wife and two sons.