When Elephants Dance, a Novel
Tess Uriza Holthe ©2002
ISBN 978-0-14-20028809 (ppbk)
The Americans are invading the Philippines to conquer the Japanese, near the end of World War II. Filipino Guerrilla forces fight each other as much as the Japanese, but one group, headed by Dominic, joins the Americans. He also tries to rescue his family from a Japanese prison in a Manila warehouse.
While hiding, the family and neighbors share stories of their past lives, as lessons to others in the group. The stories add a huge measure of interest to the book.
The Japanese atrocities and guerrilla retributions are horrific, but the truth of those times needs to be widely known.
Dominic, in the end loses what he loved best, but does not regret his role as a guerrilla leader to free his country.
The book is exceptionally well written and deserves its win as a NY Times Best seller and a number of other honors.