We Were the Lucky Ones
Reading Georgia Hunter s We Were the Lucky Ones is like being swung heart first into history. . . . A brave and mesmerizing debut, and a truly tremendous accomplishment. Paula McLain, New York Timesbestselling author of The Paris Wife

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive and to reunite

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.

A novel of breathtaking sweep and scope that spans five continents and six years and transports readers from the jazz clubs of Paris to Krakow s most brutal prison to the ports of Northern Africa and the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century's darkest moment, the human spirit can find a way to survive, and even triumph.

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  • Sue
    Feb 21, 2017


    This is a wonderful historical fiction novel based on the true story of the author's family. As with all books about the Holocaust, it's difficult to read in parts but these are facts in our history that we don't want to forget if we don't want them to happen again.It's the story of th...

  • Sara
    Feb 21, 2017


    Thank you to Penguin First to Read for the opportunity to read this book in advance.What an astonishing piece of work. It's largely based on genuine events that occured to a Jewish family in Poland before, during and after the Holocaust and World War II. The author does a wonderful job...

  • Lori
    Feb 19, 2017


    What a fantastic debut novel! How the Kurc family survived the atrocities of WWII is an amazing true story of courage & determination. The thing that stood out to me about this novel was that the experiences of the members of this one family were so diverse. Only complaint was that...

  • Letty
    Feb 19, 2017


    I read quite a lot of historical fiction that takes place during WWII. Even though reading about the horrors of war and the Holocaust can be so very heartbreaking, I feel it is important to remember those who fought in the war and to especially remember those who died so tragically. Th...

  • Karen
    Feb 8, 2017


    We Were the Lucky Ones By Georgia HunterThis story was based on the author's Grandfather and the Kurc's family experiences during World War II beginning in Poland in 1939. This was both a beautiful and heartbreaking story. It is told through different member's of the family alternating...

  • Ann Marie
    Feb 6, 2017

    Ann Marie

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  • Tara
    Feb 3, 2017


    Over the past few years, since I began keeping track of the books I read, I've noticed that the books I rate the highest are either nonfiction or, if they are fiction, involve a marginalized group of individuals, or both. Maybe this has to do with the type of work that I do, or the lif...

  • Laura
    Feb 3, 2017


    www.snazzybooks.com This is a difficult but also an absorbing and very well written (and researched) novel.Focusing on a Jewish Polish family, the at the outbreak of, and during, World War 2, it really drives home the horrendous plight of people who were persecuted during this time, lo...

  • Marla
    Jan 29, 2017


    This is such a wonderfully written story about a Jewish family struggling to survive during the war and the Holocaust. The book is a little hard to follow at first because there are so many family members and each chapter gives an update on what is happening to a different family membe...

  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    Jan 29, 2017

    Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)

    This story is based on a Polish Jewish family, the Kurcs, who are separated at the beginning of WWII. The entire family is determined to not only survive, but to reunite with each other. In the spring of 1939, 3 generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live their normal l...