Circles is a family memoir. Beginning with the stories told by the author’s father—the Canadian soldier Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht met in Amsterdam in 1945—it continues with other friends’ and relatives’ tales about the artist’s long, extraordinary life.
Shortly after the liberation of Amsterdam by the Allied Forces, Gisèle met a Canadian Army private who happened to also be her cousin. He brought food to the apartment, and a lifelong friendship ensued. After the war, Gisèle became well-known as a painter and stained-glass artist. She traveled extensively and never allowed difficulty to stand in the way of what she felt needed to be done.
Her bravery was formally recognized by the Netherlands, Germany, and Israel. She died in 2013 at the age of 100.
In its role as a custom publisher, Hamaca Press was pleased to lend design and production assistance to this book, published by the author, Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado, who is Gisèle’s niece.
Read more about the painstaking research the author completed before penning this extraordinary family memoir.