‘Mankiya’ Shares Story of Author’s Aunt’s Emigration from Russia, Struggles in Canada

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Vee Konkin announces publication of debut book.

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Growing up in British Columbia, Canada, Vee Konkin enjoyed hearing her aunt Mankiya tell stories about her life. Inspired by these stories, Konkin wrote the biography entitled “Mankiya: A Memoir” (published by iUniverse) about her aunt’s life.

Written using notes she had collected over the years listening to her aunt’s tales, the book shares Mankiya’s life and struggles, especially her experience with immigrating to Canada in the late 1800s. The book begins in Russia before moving to the Isle of Crete and on to Saskatchewan and ending in southern British Columbia. Konkin describes an illness her aunt contracted as a result of a midwife’s mistake and how Mankiya had to cope with mishaps and skin grafts to parts of her body. Konkin also details how her aunt endured comments from strangers about her looks and missing thumb because of her sickness.

Konkin hopes that her aunt’s story help readers realize, “how lucky we are to be living today, medicine wise and not struggling with immigration and living conditions like the first immigrants to Canada.”

“Mankiya”
By Vee Konkin
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 244 pages | ISBN 9781532021442
E-Book | 244 pages | ISBN 9781532021459
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Vee Konkin grew up in the southern British Columbia in the Kootenay area, went to school there and worked there all her life. She has traveled to South America, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, much of the United States of America, many of the Caribbean Islands, a lot of Canada and, recently, to China. Konkin and her spouse spend most of their time in the summer at lake and winters in Yuma, Arizona, enjoying her retirement years.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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