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Happy Release Week: Belagana-Belazana by T. Lloyd Winetsky

POSTED BY prbythebook ON January 3, 2017

Belagana-Belazana by T. Lloyd Winetsky

Starting off the New Year right with a compelling tale of an educator’s experience teaching on a Navajo reservation, we are pleased to announce the release of Belagana-Belazana: An Outsider’s Quest in the Navajo Nation by T. Lloyd Winetsky.

About the Book

Belagana-Belazana T. Lloyd Winetsky cover In the book, Sean Noland—a middle-aged, recently divorced English teacher—takes a job at a remote U.S. Government school in the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. An outsider to the Navajo people as well as his employer, Sean begins to bond with his students despite their deeply ingrained distrust of the belagana, or white man. Some bitter staff members and an oblivious bureaucracy complicate matters.

Sean forms a surprising connection with his half-Navajo dormitory assistant, Leonard Santos. When Leonard and Sean discover that the school’s water is contaminated, they covertly set up a temporary drinking system—but know they will eventually have to answer to their agency supervisors.

One frigid night, two boys flee from the dormitory because one fears his family’s lives are being threatened by his alcoholic father. Sean and Leonard embark on a manhunt to find the boys before they freeze to death. Their desperate search is complicated by a disabled vehicle, the ensuing trek in a frozen wilderness, and Sean’s worsening hypothermia. They struggle on toward the boy’s house, not realizing a hostage situation awaits them there.

Can the men and the runaway boys survive the forces of nature and the volatility of human aggression?

About the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles, T. Lloyd Winetsky has been an educator for more than four decades. After a stint in the Peace Corps, his first teaching post was in South-Central L.A.—six classes of low-income seventh-graders. Following years in education, he retired from full-time work in 1998 after surviving a brain aneurysm and stroke. He was a bilingual education specialist in Yakima, Washington, where he is currently a part-time volunteer for La Casa Hogar, working with adult farm workers. 


Winetsky faithfully writes every day. His rich stories are woven with real-life experiences. He lives near Yakima with his wife of 47 years, Kathleen, a Special Education teacher. They have four grown children.

Belagana-Belazana is available on Amazon now!

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