“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, author of The Paris Wife
Of the 30,000 Jews who lived in Radom, Poland at the start of World War II, fewer than 300 survived. Georgia Hunter’s searing emotional debut novel, We Were the Lucky Ones, is the story of a Jewish family in Radom ripped away from each other at the start of the war, and their struggle to survive and make it back to one another.
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 ever closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships facing Jews in Radom. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable. Over the course of the war, the Kurcs must to learn to cope in a world overrun with desperation, barbarity, and death—a world in which nearly every basic truth of the lives they once knew, including their home, their family, and their safety, has been stripped away. As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death by working endless hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an extraordinary will to survive and by the fear that they may never see each other again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to stay alive.
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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. Georgia’s blog, weweretheluckyones.com, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the extensive research this project has entailed. We Were the Lucky Ones is her first novel. She lives in Connecticut.