Waiting for Westmoreland is the narrative of one man’s life during the Vietnam era. The story is subjective, at times perhaps too much so, written with a matter-of-fact minimalism reminiscent of Camus. The protagonist is so representative of the generation who grew-up believing in American values, and then, through Vietnam, came to see those beliefs as merely an insincere cover for an uglier reality, that he can be seen a universal. Westmoreland’s lies about the successes of the war, and the protagonist’s resulting alienation, reflect the loss of his own parents, and his own feeling of personal abandonment. His struggle to overcome those feeling again makes him representative of his generation’s larger struggle to heal from disillusionment. In that sense Waiting for Westmoreland is an archetypal book that perfectly embodies the conflict of the era it chronicles, and is well worth reading.
I plan on publishing a sequel to the original in 2027–or one could say a 20th Anniversary Edition, but I probably won’t do that. I have a bunch of fiction to write between now and then. I’ll say more about that closer to the end of this year. Stay tuned. 😎