Sealie Vaughn West Announces 'Rio Tinto: Lost Coconuts'
Author Sealie Vaughn West is the reader's guide through time in "Rio Tinto: Lost Coconuts" (published by AuthorHouse). Opening with ancient history based on legend, West's novel leads into his personal history of growing up in the small Honduran village of Rio Tinto.
Child abuse was common in the small Honduran village, but West realized his traumatic childhood was unique: isolated in the jungle, growing up without family, dreaming of a better life. A life that seemed unattainable, as seen in this excerpt from "Lonely Grains of White Sand," an introductory poem in the book:
"I sit here on the lonely beach watching the sun go down
as the bright orange glow fades away with each passing minute.
On top of a sand dune, looking toward the sky to see what it tells me,
No hope in sight, just looking, counting the white grains of sand,
and trying to pass the time, on this lonely beach,
the wind telling me that I will never leave, no hope in sight."
Readers will be held captive by this historical narrative of pirates, slave trading, abuse and the hope for a better life.
About the Author
Sealie Vaughn West was born in Honduras and lived in the village of Rio Tinto until he was 9 years old. In 1973, at the age of 15, West came to the United States and settled in Philadelphia for 32 years. He attended school to learn the basics of English in order to attend high school. After high school, West worked for a machinery company for 23 years. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1986 and moved to California in 2001, where he presently resides.
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