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
Army began their occupation of the Philippines, and 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 of 1942 until February of 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 a commonplace occurrence. The story begins almost
twenty years after the liberation of the camp, 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.
Through My Mother's Eyes is a book you will never forget,
as you experience what life was like in the Santo Tomas
Internment Camp through the eyes of a young girl who strived to
make sense of it all. The story will give you a shocking and
compelling view into the life of a family faced with tremendous
crisis, counteracted by heroism, courage, love, and resilience.
About the Author
Michael is the eldest son of Jean-Marie Heskett (Faggiano). From
the first time he heard the story of the internment of his
mother, uncle, and grandparents in the Santo Tomas Internment
Camp, he became fascinated with history, especially as it
relates to World War II. Following his graduation from high
school in Sonoma Valley in 1973, Michael was a Communication
Studies major at California Polytechnic State University in San
Luis Obispo, California. Michael received recognition and won
several awards for speech writing and delivery during that time,
and chose to follow a career in journalism following college and
his enlistment in the U.S. Navy.
Michael has worked as a news copywriter and producer for several
talk radio shows in northern California. He has also written
several articles and feature columns for newspapers and
magazines in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Today, Michael is a radio personality in the North Bay Area, as
well as an electronic technician at Agilent Technologies in
Santa Rosa, California. He lives in Sonoma County with his wife,
Angela, and son, Thomas.
Hard Cover -
6x9 - 208 pages - $24.95
ISBN / SKU: 1-60693-015-X