Through My Mother's Eyes
by Michael McCoy with Jean-Marie Heskett
Jean-Marie Faggiano was just a little girl living with her family in the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the beginning of WWII, the Imperial Japanese Army began its occupation of the Philippines. Non-national civilians, mostly American and British businessmen and their families, were forced into internment camps. Jean-Marie and her family, along with over 3,600 other civilians, were forced to surrender to the Imperial Japanese Army and live as civilian prisoners of war at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila from January 1942 until February 1945.
Through My Mother's Eyes is the true story of a young girl and her family, held captive against their wishes and thrown into a world where starvation, sickness, torture, and death were commonplace. The story begins almost twenty years after the camp's liberation, with Jean-Marie revealing to her two eldest sons, for the first time, what happened to her and her family during the thirty-seven months they were held as prisoners. Michael, her eldest son, now tells that story to you.
"I'll never forget the first time I heard the story of the doll. It was a summer day in 1964. I was eight years old at the time, and my brother, Tim, was seven. We were sitting at our dining room table when our mother brought out this small wooden box and opened it. Inside the box was a little doll. She said, 'Boys, this doll was given to me many years ago when I was about your age. I think you both are old enough now to hear the story of this doll and the story that led up to me receiving it.' Many years later, it is my pleasure to now share this same story with you."
The story will give you an incredible and compelling view into the life of a family faced with a tremendous crisis, counteracted by heroism, courage, love, and resilience.
Through My Mother's Eyes is published by Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.
Watch an interview with Jean-Marie and Michael on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jack Hanson
Also available as an ebook on Kindle!