Alan Eastman is a familiar character: aging, sex-obsessed male writer with an existential crisis triggered when his wife flees the scene. He’s rather repulsive, really, and not one to let things go. (The novel kicks off with Eastman grouchily reviving a literary spat dating back thirty years.) Set in 1973, Alex Gilvarry’s comedic second novel sees Eastman shipping off to Vietnam for to report on the war’s tail end. Gilvarry (From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant) doesnt seem to like his protagonist very much, handling him with the detached scorn youd find if Martin Amis suddenly decided to rewrite a Philip Roth novel. (It’s funnier than that sounds.) Gilvarry’s paired with author Wendy Walker (Emma in the Night) for a reading/discussion.