We Were the Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter - Georgia Hunter

We Were the Lucky Ones

  • Release Date:     ISBN: 8727637141114673510
  • Book Genre: Historical
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We Were the Lucky Ones Book Summary


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.

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We Were the Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter Book Reviews

  • Nice story, but a bit formulaic (Howler User)

    This books makes for a very nice family history, one made better still by the happy ending. Where it suffers is that it’s more a paean to the family members than it is novel. Initially I tried to keep track of all the characters, but over time it became evident that such was unnecessary as the characters are largely interchangeable. The book focuses on imagined conversations and internal thoughts occurring in each characters mind, which can be distilled to this formula: no matter the difficulty the character is facing, their only thoughts are not about themselves, but just worry and concern for other family members. This is a nice sentiment, and perhaps not surprising when you consider the author is writing this for her family to read, but of course that’s not how people really are. People are multidimensional, with unique personalities and, at least occasionally, have self-centered thoughts. Had the characters been allowed to deviate from this rigid formula the book would have been more interesting as the central characters themselves would have been less homogeneous and more interesting; not just a different telling of the same thoughts voiced by a different character. The book does a nice job of bringing Polish history from that period alive. General historical accounts are often unable to bring out the human element of those who lived their lives during those times. This book did a nice job of mixing the detail of history with the personal stories of a family living through those times. Well done!
  • We Were the Lucky Ones (Harenski95)

    Tear-jerking, wonderful, heart-pounding, couldn’t read the page fast enough, masterpiece. The author of this book laced together one families complicated but beautiful story that tears at your heart strings. I couldn’t read the book fast enough. Thank you for this moving story that the world needed to hear.
  • Emotional Read (MontanaSue)

    Hadn't read a book in awhile,,,,,and found it was very well written. The hurt was there for God's people and wondering how this horrific happening even transpired,,,,was very very sad, but so glad I took the time to read.
  • Great read. (Enhancing life with books)

    Profoundly interesting and stimulating. The author made the characters so human and authentic. It deeply affected my emotional and spiritual life. The best I have read in a long time.
  • Incredible Story (Labdoggies)

    We Were The Lucky Ons is historical fiction book I couldn’t stop reading!
  • We Were the Lucky Ones (Nancy Virginia)

    I have always loved Jewish people. Their traditions, intelligence, love of music, and beautiful things has always impressed me. Strong family and religious ties are traits I associate with Jews. These are the strengths that carried the Krucs thru the horrors they experienced and survived during World War II.
  • What an enthralling book! (WendiLeeC)

    This book was recommended by a friend and I took it with me on a trip and over 5 days devoured it! I kept getting in trouble for reading, when I should have been visiting with friends and their families! Then to read the acknowledgment in the end and hear stories about the real families and all the research and time that went into it was amazing! I have a great uncle named Frank Foley who helped the Jews obtain false visas and passports, and who has also been awarded Righteous Among The Nations, so this book was a wonderful insight into the lives and peril of those who lived through this horrendous time. Thank you for writing this beautiful story of your family and their survival and experiences.
  • Could not put it down! (Autumn Lough)

    Absolutely heart-wrenching and awe inspiring all at once, this book is a riveting tribute to the human spirit and the power of family, faith, and resilience. A MUST READ!
  • Beautiful, disturbing, moving (Swooof)

    I loved this book from beginning to end. What an incredible story of love, horror and survival. I smiled, laughed, and cried a lot. They were indeed the lucky ones.
  • We were the lucky ones. (Bessperr)

    Absolutely mind numbing. Don't think a person in my family in this generation would have survived what this family had to endure. I cannot get my mind wrapped around the cruelty of the Holocaust.

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