We Were the Lucky Ones

We Were the Lucky Ones Review

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.

Title:We Were the Lucky Ones
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Diane S ?

    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, ...

  • Katie

    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 more than a...

  • Cheri

    !! 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...

  • Karen??

    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 W...

  • Lori

    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 expe...

  • Quirkyreader

    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 ri...

  • Ann Marie (Lit∑Wit∑Wine∑Dine)

    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 to...

  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    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 the...

  • Stephanie Anze

    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, th...

  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves

    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 bu...