The story of migration from Soviet-occupied Latvia, to Nazi-controlled Germany, to life in a Displaced Persons camp and finally to America is the subject of a new English-language biography by Connecticut-based writer Jane E. Cunningham.
The self-published title, The Rings of My Tree: A Latvian Woman’s Journey, was released this month.
The book, written in the first person but not autobiographical, is the story of 83-year-old Mirdza Vaselnieks Labrencis. Cunningham writes that she has known Labrencis for 45 years.
“After I heard her story,” Cunningham states in the introduction to book, “I could not write her journey in the third person singular. To write ‘she’ instead of ‘I’ removed me too much from her and the depth of her experiences.”
Cunningham spent 30 years working in the aerospace industry and has volunteered as an English-language tutor. This is her first book.
The Rings of My Tree was released through Florida-based Llumina Press.
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