Uncover the harrowing account of a Dutch family separated by WWII in 1941 during the rarely taught Japanese occupation of Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies) in writer Heather B. Moore’s novel Under the Java Moon.
This historical fiction novel is based on a true story where Marie Vischer retells her family’s personal journey of resilience and survival during WWII on Java Island.
Readers of historical fiction and WWII enthusiasts will follow Marie, nicknamed Rita, and her family as they navigate separation and the brutal conditions of POW camps. Interviews with survivor Rita Vischer were crucial to the novel’s authenticity. The author hopes to bring attention to and highlight a piece of glossed over or forgotten history of the Japanese occupation of Indonesia during WWII and how the war affected the Dutch/Indonesian population where it was survival of the fittest. It shows the resilience, hope, and courage of not just one family’s journey to fight to survive a war-torn country but thousands.
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than ninety publications. Heather writes primarily historical and #herstory fiction about the humanity and heroism of the everyday person. Publishing in a breadth of genres, Heather dives into the hearts and souls of her characters, meshing her love of research with her love of storytelling. She has also written In the Shadow of a Queen, The Paper Daughters of Chinatown, and The Slow March of Light. Her upcoming book, Under the Java Moon, [Shadow Mountain] comes out September 5th, 2023.
Connect with Heather B. Moore via her website.
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