As we speak, Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado, author of “The Woman Who Wanted the Moon,” is in the Netherlands gathering information and images for her upcoming family memoir of her aunt, Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht.
Gisèle was an artist of international renown, died last year at age 100. But she left behind mountains of papers, photographs, and of course, her art collection. Joanna’s father, a Canadian soldier in World War II, first met Gisèle, his cousin, when she was hiding refugees from the Nazis in her apartment. Thus begins a lifelong friendship, one that was passed down to Joanna in later years.
It’s all fantastic reading and a good education for anyone unaware of Gisèle and the ups and down of a life well-lived.