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We Were the Lucky Ones

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition Later Printing edition (February 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399563083
  • ISBN-13: 89
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • #283 in Jewish Literature & Fiction

Review “[Georgia Hunter is] just as courageous as the characters her writing
will never let us forget.” —Harper’s Bazaar “Love in the face of global
adversity? It couldn’t be more timely.” —Glamour, “Best Books to Read in
2017”“[A] gripping, emotional novel.” —People , “The Best New Books”“A
remarkable story of courage, love, and of course, luck.” —Book Riot’s Best
Books of 2017“[A] gripping and moving story.” —Bustle, “15 New Authors You’re
Going To Be Obsessed With This Year” “Turning history into fiction can be
tricky . . . Hunter finesses the challenge. Her novel brings the Kurcs to life
in heart-pounding detail.” —The Jewish Voice “The story that so grippingly
comes across in the pages of We Were the Lucky Ones isn’t strictly fiction—the
characters and events that inhabit this Holocaust survival story are based on
her family’s own history.” —Newsweek “[A] must-read.” —New York Post “[A] remarkable history . . . Hunter sidesteps hollow sentimentality and nihilism,
revealing instead the beautiful complexity and ambiguity of life in this
extraordinarily moving tale.” —Publishers WeeklyA Finalist for the National
Jewish Book Awards’ Book Club AwardA Women’s National Book Association Great
Group Read “Reading Georgia Hunter’s We Were the Lucky Ones is like being
swung heart first into history. Her engrossing and deeply affecting account .
. . will leave you breathless. But the true wonder of the book is how
convincingly Hunter inhabits these characters, each modeled after her own
family members. This is their story Hunter is telling so beautifully and
profoundly, and ours as well. A brave and mesmerizing debut, and a truly
tremendous accomplishment.” —Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife and
Circling the Sun “We Were the Lucky Ones is the most gripping novel I’ve read
in years. Georgia Hunter pulled me into another world, vivid, horrifying,
astonishing, and heartbreaking.” —Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling
author of And After the Fire, A Fierce Radiance, and City of Light. “We Were
the Lucky Ones is a skillfully woven reimagining of [Hunter’s] own family’s
struggle for survival during World War II . . . with spectacular historical
detail. This emotionally resonant, gripping portrait of the war is filled with
beautifully drawn and wonderfully heroic characters I won’t soon forget.”
—Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Hours Count “Georgia Hunter has
crafted her own family history into a sprawling, yet still intimate portrait
of those swept up in the devastation of war and scattered to the winds. It is
an astonishing saga of hope, of luck, of destruction, and most remarkably of
love, made all the more astonishing because of the true story at its core.”
—David R. Gillham, New York Times bestselling author of City of Women
“Elegantly executed and always clear, Hunter evokes pre-war Poland with loving
detail, clearly showing what was left behind and lost. . . . We Were the Lucky
Ones is a compelling read, notable for Hunter’s clear portraits of her plucky,
resilient family, and for her ability to build suspense and investment without
emotional manipulation.” —Courtney Naliboff, ReformJudaism Read more 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,, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the extensive
research this project has entailed. She lives in Connecticut. Read more See
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