Come to T. Gertler’s 1984 novel, “Elbowing the Seducer,” for its sweat-drenched lunch-hour sex scenes. Stay for its social comedy and its surprising emotional heft.
In his memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” Alexie explores grief, poverty and his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
Perry’s book has its own failure built into it. The men who need it most are unlikely to take advice from him.
Charles L. Mee Jr.’s “A Visit to Haldeman and Other States of Mind,” from 1977, is about a man’s search for what went wrong with the American experiment.