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We Were the Lucky Ones It is the spring of 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 bab

  • Title: We Were the Lucky Ones
  • Author: Georgia Hunter
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  • Page: 236
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • We Were the Lucky Ones By Georgia Hunter, 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 aIt 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.
    We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter You can read all of my reviews at Lit.Wit.Wine.Dine We 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 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 We Were the Mulvaneys Oprah s Book Club In addition to many prize winning and bestselling novels, including We Were the Mulvaneys, A Book of American Martyrs, Black Water, Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, and Broke Heart Blues, Joyce Carol Oates is the author of a number of works of gothic fiction including Haunted Tales of the Grotesque, a World Fantasy Award nominee and Zombie, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates . Rating details , ratings , reviews The Mulvaneys of High Point Farm in Mt Ephraim, New York, are a large and fortunate clan, blessed with good looks, abundant charisma, and boundless promise But over the twenty five year span of this ambitious novel, the Mulvaneys will slide, almost imperceptibly at first, from the pinnacle of happiness, Keith Urban We Were Lyrics Genius Lyrics May , We Were is the lead single from Keith Urban upcoming untitled twelfth studio album The song finds Urban looking back on a past relationship and We Were the Lucky Ones Hunter Feb , We Were the Lucky Ones was born of her quest to uncover her family s staggering history Hunter s website, georgiahunterauthor, offers a behind the scenes glimpse at the extensive research this project has entailed She lives in Connecticut. Pastor John MacArthur We Were the Original Protesters Jul , johnmacarthur We are the original protesters The Protestants and the Christian Church have always stood firm on the eternal, immutable, inerrant Word of God. verbs We was or We were which is correct English We was is not standard English, it is used in some regional dialects The verb to be has two simple past forms in Standard English I he she it was and you we they were Apart from the special case of you, the distinction is, therefore, between singular was and plural were In some regional dialects, however, this pattern is not observed. USA for Africa We are the World YouTube Apr , Michael Jackson died years old great singer in the past, broken soul in the present USA for Africa just cool to do that and good song Was vs Were How to Use Them Correctly Grammarly

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    1. 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 children, the youngest son already in France, are hap [...]

    2. 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 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 settled with any of them, never really got to know any of them [...]

    3. 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 the world there There s been talk around, some graffiti, but no [...]

    4. 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 Hunter for the ARC

    5. 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 chart which would ve helped out a lot This is another, absol [...]

    6. 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.

    7. 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 you know, I read a lot of WWII fiction This book is [...]

    8. 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

    9. 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 each other again Through five continents and six year [...]

    10. 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 stretching to Siberia, Italy, and Brazil is nothing short of a [...]

    11. We Were the Lucky Ones By Georgia HunterThis story was based on the author s Grandfather and the Kurc s family experiences during World War II beginning in Poland in 1939 This was both a beautiful and heartbreaking story It is told through different member s of the family alternating throughout the book The prose is lovely and lush and crystalline The family gets scattered in all across different countries in Europe This debut novel stayed with me and I haven t been able to stop thinking about i [...]

    12. I feel bad rating this book because it is based on a family s true story As an ancestry novel for a family it would be an amazing novel of their ancestors However, as a story for the masses, the characters lack depth and therefore the story lacks emotion I have read much better novels from this time period I didn t hate it but I didn t like it either.

    13. What a very very special book indeed I finished this last night and my heart cannot be still, it is frantically trying to make senses of it all, trying not to be torn into million pieces and trying to process all that is in the book to tell This book has no doubt become one of my favourites of all time.You all know my favourite genre to read is historical fiction and especially the time period set in the Second World War I do not say it lightly but I really do learn something new and learn abou [...]

    14. This is such a wonderfully written story about a Jewish family struggling to survive during the war and the Holocaust The book is a little hard to follow at first because there are so many family members and each chapter gives an update on what is happening to a different family member but once you get used to who everyone is, it s a lot easier to follow their plight Any time I read about what the Jews went through during Hitler s reign and how especially the Polish community was decimated, it j [...]

    15. I read quite a lot of historical fiction that takes place during WWII Even though reading about the horrors of war and the Holocaust can be so very heartbreaking, I feel it is important to remember those who fought in the war and to especially remember those who died so tragically This story of three generations of the Kurc family is beautifully written and is indeed heart rending While it is considered historical fiction, it is based on author Georgia Hunter s grandfather and his family From th [...]

    16. 3.5 StarsThis historical fiction on based on author s careful research that traces her family from Poland to across the world Several present tense perspectives provide experiences of The Kurc s, a Jewish family spanning three generations, as each member battles to survive WWII and genocide While some accounts are moving We Were the Lucky Ones lacks some layers I think this book needed a strong central character with emotional depthBuddy Read with Stacia

    17. As I wipe the last tears from my eyes, I am in awe of this beautiful story What a privilege it was to learn about this incredible family Their journeys were not easy, their heartbreaks were many, but the bonds and hope they shared are inspiring Every time I encounter a story of the Holocaust, I am taken by the strength of the human spirit and will to survive May we never forget the horrors inflicted on the millions of innocent people.5 heartfelt stars.

    18. How, in an instant, his future can be decided for him.3.5 stars I ve started this review three times already and hit the backspace button every time I could write an entire review about the love hate that I have with WWII fiction The market is so saturated with stories that it s easy to dismiss most of them because they can t all be the one that you need to read Yet at the same time, every single story deserves to be told If you have read other WWII fiction or have seen enough WWII movies, this [...]

    19. This is a very special book It s historical fiction, yet based on true events It s about authors grandfather and his parents and siblings and their astonishing experiences during World War II The author traveled the world researching this amazing story and her hard work is evident I learned so much reading this, yet you can feel the authors love for her ancestors spilling from the pages I ve never read a book quite like this one, and it was a fabulous experience The Kurcs are an amazing family o [...]

    20. Over the past few years, since I began keeping track of the books I read, I ve noticed that the books I rate the highest are either nonfiction or, if they are fiction, involve a marginalized group of individuals, or both Maybe this has to do with the type of work that I do, or the life experiences I ve had, but these are the stories that seem to be the most impactful and stick with me for the longest period of time Shortly after finishing We Were the Lucky Ones, I emailed the author, Georgia Hun [...]

    21. What makes the Jewish Kurc Family living in Nazi occupied Poland during 1939 the Lucky Ones Yes, they were lucky, but they also demonstrated true resilience, forethought and they were smart.While this was a well written novel, the Kurc family includes the matriarch, patriarch, 5 adult children and their spouses That is 12 characters to keep straight, at times a challenge for my simple brain The author is the granddaughter of one of the five Kurc siblings and this novel is based on true events En [...]

    22. I thought that this debut novel was excellent I picked up this book, expecting it to be similar to some of the other WWII books, with the main focus on life survival in concentration camps Instead, this book deals with the Kurc family from Poland whose name I realized I was mispronouncing throughout the entire book the correct pronunciation is revealed at the end and their various struggles for survival In addition to learning new facts about WWII, I was mesmerized by the different locations the [...]

    23. 4.5 Stars Really 5 stars, but I m not ready to accept the enormity of this true tale of the cruelty we do to others and our power to overlook another s suffering This is one of those books that will live on inside of me for years to come.Based on the author s real life family s history, this is a harrowing, bone chilling account of what it took to survive WWII as a Jewish Polish citizen in Poland, Italy and France One family s history of determination to get back to each other, and when that was [...]

    24. Every year it seems that there are new novels written about World War II and the Holocaust and one wonders if each one will hold value or be a duplication of a story told before What makes Georgia Hunter s novel We Were the Lucky Ones rise above some other s is that it is her family s story which she has researched in detail I found it both compelling and amazing I couldn t put it down The story shifts from several different members of Georgia s family many of whom didn t know what had happened [...]

    25. Let me start by saying I love historical fiction and particularly love WWII literature I thought this was a good book and the story was very interesting It s different than a lot of other books like it and at times seems unrealistic, but obviously it s based on a true story I laughed and cried, but I m not sure I ever really connected with this book There are so many characters and it jumps locations constantly, which makes it s difficult to keep track of everything I kept flipping to the family [...]

    26. Author Georgia Hunter writes that at the age of fifteen, she found herself listening to her mother s cousins talk about their experiences during World War II Their large, close knit Jewish family lived happy and fulfilling lives in Poland However, in 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland and their lives were forever changed Georgia was especially moved when one cousin somberly remarked, Our family, we shouldn t have survived Not so many of us at least It s a miracle in many ways We were the lucky ones [...]

    27. Y all, this book was phenomenal I cannot recommend it highly enough It may not have the emotional connection of The Nightingale, or the beautiful prose of All the Light We Cannot See, but the just slightly fictionalized story of the Kurcs Family is one of the most amazing WWII stories I have read.As with many historical fiction I read, I began with some light research to figure out how much of the book was true and how much was fictionalized What I found left me in awe.At 15 years old, Hunter wa [...]

    28. This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster with the Kurc family I held my breath at times listening to the book, and I even got the library copy to continue to read at home in the evenings since I couldn t stop thinking about it out of the car I laughed and I cried with this family This is a WWII book that I will be recommending to others I did get a bit confused at times with all of the members of the family, but it didn t take away from the overall book I also love the Author s message an [...]

    29. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, We Were the Lucky Ones transcends genres, gripping the reader with the suspense of a thriller and the poignancy of a much personal narrative Georgia Hunter writes with clarity and conviction, sharply bringing to life vivid characters who must draw on every ounce of ingenuity and grit they possess in the face of nearly insurmountable odds Set amidst the Holocaust, the novel weaves together the story lines of multiple members of a Jewish family tor [...]

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