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Sideman – One who plays music on the side…but of course there’s a lot more to it…

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From Newport Author Gus Willemin

Linger for a while in the mind of a returned combat veteran as he self-negotiates and justifies a life after war. Torn between duty to the ideals of a national heritage and the requirements of life in modern society he unwittingly fashions a life that he believes suits him best. You’ll glimpse a lifestyle that struggles to integrate with the desire to satisfy the wishes and requirements of others while imagining the safety of a life lived on the fringe. The narratives of two main characters offers a contrast to life lived in a country that has experienced generations of citizens who are affected by hot, intense wars on foreign soil and a cold, unprepared for war at home.

This story is fictional but, I believe, realistic. Many of the issues that both the modern individual and contemporary society face are addressed in a tale that happens next door. The choices and decisions made by the main characters offer an alternative that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t for them. These contrasting livestyles highlight both the similarities and the differences in the human condition. With so many options available, are the choices presented here the same as those you would make? If not, it’s interesting to know that some do.

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In the end, our lives move along individual paths influenced by our experience and it’s helpful to view the many paths available to us. Watching others saves us some time from the tedium of search and opens time to the joy of right now.

Gus Willemin
Author

Meet author Gus Willemin Saturday, August 16th at a booksigning at The Nye Beach Bookhouse. He’ll be there from 11am to 1pm. Also Saturday, August 23rd, a book release party at Cafe Mundo, from 3pm to 5pm.

Gus Willemin moved to Newport in November’83 during the storm that initiates this fictional story. He worked for Lincoln County for 26 years, the last 20 with the Sheriff’s office as the inmate counselor in the jail. While that was his day job he also taught Psychology courses at night as one of the Adjunct Faculty at Oregon Coast Community College for 20 years.

Now retired for 18 months he has been writing and fishing, our local rivers. He always strives to bring fish home to his wife at home in Nye Beach.

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