I have not told this story so the women internees of the Japanese prisoner-of-war camps in Indonesia will be remembered. I have told this story so they will be known. How can you be remembered if you’ve never been heard of? Their stories should stand alongside those of all male prisoners of war, their suffering no less; their courage to care for their fellow sisters who perished and known for their survival should be acknowledged and honored. Know now of them. Remember themAuthor’s note
In a nutshell
It is 1942 and Singapore is falling to the Chinese. English musician Norah Chambers sends her eight-year-old daughter on a ship desperate to keep her safe. Days later, Norah, her husband John and sister Ena board another ship as the island burns. On their ship is Australian nurse Nesta James. After two days at sea that ship is bombarded and sunk. Nesta and Norah swim to the shores of Indonesia only to be captured and held in one of the notorious Japanese POW camps. Somehow in the most brutal of places, the women band together, forming a sisterhood like no other as they sing and care for one another, giving each other hope to survive.
Book Club Notes
Heather Morris is known for her historical fiction that is based on true stories. By true stories, her books are researched, and she spends hours with the main characters and their families – sharing their very real stories in fiction format. Sisters Under the Rising Sun shares a story that is known by too few – the stories of the female (and children) POWs during World War Two. They are stories I did not know and for that I am always appreciative for how Morris is able to bring history to life. When reading this, like I did when reading her other books, I am cognizant of the fact that while this is characterized as fiction, it’s not made up. The names are people who lived (and still live) and the stories told are theirs – history, not imagined.
You enjoy historical fiction, World War Two history or previous books by Heather Morris
Writing – 4/10
Character Development – 5/10
Plot Twist – 1/10
Shareability – 5/10
The Nitty Gritty
A note on our book ratings
Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?
Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?
Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?
Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?
Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?