"Eastman Was Here": Alex Gilvarry with Alexandra Kleeman

The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman — washed-up war journalist and husband/philanderer disinterested in his Jewish heritage — receives an unexpected and unwelcome phone call from his old Harvard rival. Eastman seizes the chance to go to Vietnam to write the definitive account of the end of America’s longest war — and to renew his old glory and regain the love of the wife who left him. In "Eastman Was Here," Gilvarry skewers the literary hypermasculinity of the 1970s and the U.S. after the Vietnam War, telling the story of one irredeemable man’s search for meaning in the face of a changing America.

Alex Gilvarry presents his second novel in conversation with his wife Alexandra Kleeman, author of "You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine," followed by a signing and Q&A.

"... a dark, riotously funny and audacious exploration of the sacred and the profane — and pretty much everything in between." — Téa Obreht

Alex Gilvarry is the author of "From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant," winner of the Hornblower Award for a First Book and Best New Voice 2012 by Bookspan, and selected by the New York Times as an Editor's Choice. He was a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree in 2014, and his essays and criticism have appeared in The Nation and The Boston Globe and on NPR's "All Things Considered." He now lives in Staten Island, New York, and is a professor at Monmouth University, where he teaches fiction.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 7:30pm



Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217