- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (14 Feb. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074902156X
- ISBN-13: 978-0749021566
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 3.3 x 15.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
We Were the Lucky Ones Paperback – 14 Feb 2017
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"Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn't be more timely." - Glamour (US); "Hunter side-steps hollow sentimentality and nihilism, revealing instead the beautiful complexity and ambiguity of life in this extraordinarily moving tale." - Publishers Weekly; "Reading Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones is like being swung heart first into history. Her engrossing and deeply affecting account of how the Kurc family survives the Holocaust, against every possible odd, 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; "Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones is a skillfully woven reimagining of her own family's struggle for survival during World War II. Hunter takes us from the Polish ghetto to Siberia to Brazil, all 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 Margor and The Hours Count; "In her debut novel, We Were the Lucky Ones, 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 Gillham, New York Times bestselling author of City of Women; "Everyone interested in the history of the Holocaust will surely want to read this compelling and moving story, based on actual events, of how three generations of a (or 'the author's') Polish Jewish family found their different escape routes from a war-torn continent, to freedom and eventual reunion." - Lyn Smith, author of The Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust; "It's a remarkable book" - Choice; "We Were the Lucky ones is a striking re-creation of the breathtaking courage of an ordinary family inspired by their deep love for one another." - Anne Garvey, The Jewish Chronicle (UK); "The book does not merely serve as a series of anecdotes, but rather there is a strong narrative flow. ... the characters are well written and their experiences, while harrowing, are never included just for effect. ... At times devastating to read, We Were the Lucky Ones serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit and ingenuity. It, and accounts like it, should form the basis of what we understand about the Holocaust - it's all very well reading dry, academic texts about what happened, but the lived experience of that dreadful time is so much more compelling." - It Takes A Woman blog; "Hunter manages to create authentic personalities with distinct voices, all of whom have fascinating stories to tell. ... an incredible story of resilience, of hope, of survival. ... The book is expansive in scope, the language is vivid, and the storyline compelling." - Hilary Daninhirsch, The Jewish Chronicle;
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. She lives in Connecticut, USA.
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Top Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to everyone from the age of 15years up. How so called human beings can treat other human beings in this way is abhorrent and everyone should learn from it. Unfortunately the horrors are still going on in one form or another will we ever learn?
As the family gets split up, they encounter almost every possible route through the terrible times they face. The chapters alternate between different members of the family, so sometimes you are desperate to get back to one particular story to find out how they coped.
Things are moved forward with brief factual snippets about the war - some of these are more chilling than the actual narrative.
It's made all the more affecting by the realisation that this is based on the author's own family history. It's an accomplished novel, and an important one. Right now feels like a good time to be reminded just how truly evil us humans are capable of being when we are twisted into believing that one part of society is to blame for all its ills.
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This novel centres around the Kurc family and their journey through WW2, focusing specifically on the lives of the 5 siblings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne bonny book reviews
Wish I could give this more than 5 stars! Harrowing read of the Jewish Kurc family and their journey through WW2. Read morePublished 2 months ago by didunn1
I would have given this book five stars but must admit to being a bit confused with all the people's names, but saying that I did find this book to be a harrowing story of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Book55
I have no words to describe this book really which is not so good when writing a review, but it’s the fact that this is one of the most moving and most harrowing books I have ever... Read morePublished 4 months ago by The booktrail