We Were the Lucky Ones (Paperback)

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This is a powerful and moving story revolving around the Kurc family as the horrors of WWII take over their lives in Poland and change them all forever. It is a story of survival and belief in family during incredible hardships and the despair of not knowing where their family members are or even if they are still alive, but also of the strong spirits and bravery of the characters and in this way I found it uplifting. I didn't find out until the end of the book that it is actually based on the true story of her grandfather. I wish she had said that in the beginning because it gave the book more meaning. There are a lot of characters, but totally worth the read. (Sue)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive--and to reunite--We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds

"Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn't be more timely." --Glamour

It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century's darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.

About the Author


When Georgia Hunter was fifteen years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. We Were the Lucky Ones was born of her quest to uncover her family's staggering history. Hunter's website, georgiahunterauthor.com, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the extensive research this project has entailed. She lives in Connecticut.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399563096
ISBN-10: 0399563091
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 416
Language: English