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We Were the Lucky Ones: A Novel


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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Anonymous says:

You Need Tissues! I’ve already posted my review on Goodreads, but I’ll post it on Amazon too.First off, thank you Penguin-Viking for allowing me to read this beautiful ARC. I’ve been given this ARC for my honest feedback.The following review is my mere opinion. I will start with the dislikes, move on to the likes, and my own personal thoughts.What did I dislike about this novel?Absolutely NOTHING.What did I like about this novel?1. The characters…

Anonymous says:

Excellent Read! I absolutely loved this book. I have read many stories detailing the horrors Jews faced throughout Europe before, during, and after World War II….and expected this story to be similar. It was different…I connected with it far more that other stories of the same genre. Perhaps knowing it was based on the author’s family made it all the more moving. It is a book that I finished a few weeks ago, but cannot stop talking about to friends and family. It is a story that has stayed with me. I…

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