Emiko Lyovin Recounts Mother-in-Law’s Eventful Life

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New Book "Valentina" shows one woman’s dedication to Russian Orthodox faith.

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“Valentina” tells the life story of Lyovin’s Russian mother-in-law, Valentina, raised in the Russian imperial capital of Saint Petersburg.

Emiko Lyovin chronicles the real-life adventures of a woman who lived in pre-revolutionary Russia and war-torn Europe before making her way to Hawaii in her new biography, “Valentina: An Odyssey from Pre-Revolutionary Russia Through War-Torn Europe to a Pacific Paradise” (published by Trafford Publishing).

“Valentina” tells the life story of Lyovin’s Russian mother-in-law, Valentina, raised in the Russian imperial capital of Saint Petersburg. As a daughter of a Russian Orthodox priest, Valentina experienced danger during the Russian revolution and the civil war. She left her native Russia to live in Yugoslavia. Thirty years later, she fled Yugoslavia for Canada and subsequently lived on the Pacific island of Hawaii for 10 years.

An excerpt from “Valentina”:

“In the year 1910, Valentina was eight years old. This was also the year that Russia was ravaged by a terrible cholera epidemic. One night during the horrible epidemic, little Valentina was awakened by a commotion in her grandmother’s room. Her sister Sania, with whom she shared a room, remained sound asleep, but Valentina, fully awakened, rose from her bed and crept carefully to the door. She peered out. Standing there in her bare feet on the cold night floor, Valentina was transfixed by what she saw: unfamiliar faces running frantically to and fro in the hallway. It was winter, and though a fire burned in the fireplace, Valentina’s body shook with a chill and with a fright.”

“Valentina”
By Emiko Lyovin
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 280 pages | ISBN 9781466944329
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 280 pages | ISBN 9781466944336
E-Book | ISBN 9781466944312
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Emiko Lyovin was born in 1941 in Tokyo. After graduating from Sophia University, she married Valentina’s youngest son, Anatole Lyovin, who taught linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Just before he retired, Anatole was ordained as a Russian Orthodox priest. After 28 years of teaching Japanese at Hawaii’s prestigious private institution Punahou School, Lyovin retired. She lives in Honolulu and now serves as Father Anatole’s matushka at his church in Honolulu.

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