Grove Press, 9780802147387, 300pp.
Publication Date: July 2, 2019
Depressed and at a creative dead-end, Reynolds finds himself inexplicably drawn back to the historical setting of his youth: he has secretly signed up to participate in a weekend-long reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg in the unlikely California town of Enchino, sixty miles east of Los Angeles. Just before his departure, an ex-Playmate--the very centerfold of Reynolds's adolescent daydreams--pitches him her idea for a reality TV show. When Reynolds impulsively invites the former Playmate and her best friend, a former Miss Universe, to accompany him to the reenactment, his plans for a solitary weekend of self-discovery run amok.
With a compulsively readable narrative that offers a satirical portrait of Hollywood--the deal-making, the politics, the pitches--Gettysburg is an intelligent and powerful book about contemporary America.