Author Matts Djos of Cedar Mesa has written a novel that explores themes and events which members of the his own Great Depression era generation will find familiar. He will host a book signing and offer readings from his book at The AppleShed May 28 and 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The focus of Djos' book is a reflection dealing with relationship and self discovery; with risky behavior leading to alcoholism; and, ultimately with a love which provides the power to overcome and finally define life's meaning and purpose.
One reason for writing the book, Djos says, "was to tell Jeanine some things, some important things." Jeanine and Matts have been married for 57 years.
"Like White, Scattering Flowers" is the title of Djos' fifth book which he says is the first installment in a planned trilogy "about alcoholism, addiction, and the rebellious passion in the latter half of the twentieth century."
The setting is the trendy social scene of Seattle in the 1950s. Two young adults -- Nathan, the story's protagonist, and Ginny, the girl whom he marries -- get caught up in the social life of the city; with some risky behavior; and, totally with each other.
"The two have much in common, perhaps a little too much -- the most perfect and imperfect match imaginable. Their love is fragile and stormy like the squalls and headwalls of the Great Northwest where they sail and ski, and they savor every kind of risk the city has to offer, including Chinatown, after-hours clubs and the dregs and jazz joints of late 1950s Seattle," explains an account of the novel.
Their exciting life together, however, hides dangers: "But the path they have chosen is pure madness, there are no limits and there no rules. So when the dark side of the city catches up with them, they are faced with a terrifying decision: surrender their love or commence the long, dark journey out of alcohol and oblivion. That decision will be theirs alone to make, although it may not turn out as they expected."
The book jacket states, "The alcoholic references in 'Like White, Scattering Flowers' are based on Matts' professional knowledge of addiction and personal experience."
Djos earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and taught literature and writing at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction for some 30 years. He retired as a professor of English emeritus in 2006.
He is the author also of books about sailing, and he and his wife Jeanine have sailed together for many years.
Copies of "Like White, Scattering Flowers" will be available at the AppleShed event and are also available at Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and Nook.
"Google Play also offers the e-book at a slightly lower price," Djos said.