Below is my review on Goodreads of the true story of a family taken captive as POWs by the Japanese during World War II (the child was just a toddler!) There is also a movie by the same name, starring Claudette Colbert. Excellent book!
This book was such an important testament to human courage and perseverance! As Agnes, her husband Harry and small son George are taken captive by the Japanese during World War II, the years ahead hold struggle, fear and overwhelming obstacles. Harry is placed in the men's camp, to undergo the horrors of internment. Agnes and little George, with the other women and 23 other children, learn to survive in the women's camp. They bargain and steal food for themselves and especially their children. They are always hungry, and always worked non-stop during daylight hours. They are slapped and punched and belittled. Agnes struggled to maintain her sense of composure through all the torments, for the sake of her son. Her belief in human kindness is tried, and her faith in God. The three of them survive to the end, and she writes of their ordeal in a fascinating, wonderful account of those who triumphed in spite of hate and the horrors of war. Excellent book...highly recommended!