We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

We Were the Lucky Ones

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." --GlamourIt 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. T...


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TitleWe Were the Lucky Ones
ISBN9780399563096
Author
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Holocaust
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Reviews We Were the Lucky Ones

  • Diane S ☔
    2017-01-11
    3.5 Any book about a Jewish family caught in the horrific web of the Holocaust is, by its very nature, going to be difficult reading. Heartbreaking. This is based on the lives of the author's family, something she didn't have a hint about until the age of nine. There are so many of these books, so many based on true events but what set this one apart is the scope of narrative. Starting in Radom, Poland, the Kurc family, mother, father, four adult...
  • Katie
    2017-04-06
    There was both too much and not enough going on for me in this novel based on the true story of a Polish Jewish family under Nazi occupation. There were times when it resembled non-fiction more than a novel – something to do with the reportage nature of the prose, its aspiration to provide a constant overview of the war and its fidgety perspective. There are also so many characters that it was dizzying being swept from one to another. I never s...
  • Cheri
    2016-12-08
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!This is the story of the Kurc family, a Jewish family living in Radom, Poland, in the beginning of March of 1939. The exception being one son, Addy, living in the heart of Toulouse, who returns twice a year to Radom for Rosh Hashanah and Passover. He loves his family, but there’s an energy to Montmartre with its artists and musicians, the clubs he can’t quite bring himself to leave. You wouldn’t think anyone had a care in...
  • Karen❄️
    2017-01-21
    This is the story of the Kurc family, a Jewish family, the parents and their five adult children, beginning in 1939, in Radom, Poland.We follow them through the years just prior to, and during World War ll, one of them sent to Siberia, and others fleeing to different locations in Europe.This is a lovely yet difficult story of survival, and family love.Based on the life of the author's grandfather.Thank you to NetGalley, Viking, and author Georgia...
  • Lori
    2017-02-19
    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 being a large family it was difficult trying to keep track of who, when and where everyone was. I did notice, however, that the print version includes a character char...
  • Quirkyreader
    2017-01-02
    Five stars all around for this story. Thanks to the Penguin Random House publishing group for sending me this book as an ARC. As soon as it comes out go and grab a copy. It will be a roller coaster ride you will not forget. It is a story of survival in Poland during World War II. Much of Poland and the Jewish community was ravaged by the Nazi regime. What unfolds in this story is just mind blowing.
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    2017-02-06
    You can read all of my reviews at Lit.Wit.Wine.DineWe Were the Lucky Ones is the fictionalized account of the true story of the Kurc family and their experiences during WWII beginning in their home town of Radom, Poland in 1939. The book spans eight years as we follow the Kurc family members to several countries and continents including Austria, Italy, Argentina, South America, and Siberia, Russia as the war continues and finally ends.As many of ...
  • Stephanie Anze
    2017-06-07
    As the Kurc family, a Polish-Jew family, is having its last meal together (they do not know this yet), they talk about babies and their growing family. While they see signs of a potential struggle, they also believe it will not amount to much. As Hitler grows in power though, they are sadly proven wrong. In their race to survive, they flee, hide in plain sight or resort to just about anything that will increase the likelihood of being able to see...
  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
    2017-04-02
    Well, I just found another auto-buy author. This book destroyed me. It's amazing. EVERYONE needs to read it. ETA: I loved it so much I ordered a copy and had it shipped to my parents just IN HOPES they will read it (they probably read 10 books a year put together). Full review to come!
  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    2016-12-15
    Thank you to my friend, Georgia Hunter, Viking Books, and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of We Were the Lucky Ones.World War II "annihilated over 90% of Poland's Jews and [...] all but about 300 of the 30,000 Jews from Radom," Georgia Hunter's ancestors' home. Yet, her entire family survived. We Were the Lucky Ones is based on the story of how they did it. The Kurc family's experience during World War II, beginning in Poland and ...