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An Outsider's Quest in the Navajo Nation
~ Book IV in the American Teachers Series ~
by T. Lloyd Winetsky
Man versus Nature or man versus his own nature—
which is the greater battle?
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
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?
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Terry 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. It was the spring of 1968, when Martin Luther King was
assassinated. Those experiences were germane to both the setting and conflicts of his historical
novel, Los Angeles, 1968, Happy Ranch to Watts, which is Book III in the American Teachers Series.
(2014- Pen-L publishing).
After returning to college for his certification, Winetsky taught English and Spanish to students
of all ages in the Southwest and Northwest. Before retiring in 1998, he was a Bilingual/Migrant
Education specialist in Yakima, Washington, where he is now a part-time volunteer for La Casa
Hogar, tutoring adult farmworkers.
Pen-L has also republished his previous stand-alone novels, Grey Pine and María Juana's Gift,
which are now the first two books in the American Teachers Series. More information on those novels
can be found at Winetsky's website below.
Winetsky's fourth novel, Belagana-Belazana (Book IV in the American Teachers Series), published by
Pen-L in January of 2017, takes place in the Navajo Nation, where he and his spouse taught for five years.
Terry lives near Yakima with his wife of forty-seven years, Kathleen, an Early Childhood Special Education teacher.
Learn more about him at www.TLWinetsky.com.
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