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The Resource We were the lucky ones, Georgia Hunter

We were the lucky ones, Georgia Hunter

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We were the lucky ones
Title
We were the lucky ones
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Georgia Hunter
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The Kurc family shouldn't have survived the Holocaust. In the spring of 1939 three generations are living relatively normal lives in Poland, despite the hardships Jews face. When war breaks out and the family is cast to the wind, the five Kurc siblings do everything they can to find their way through a devastated continent to freedom. Addy, a musician, charms his way into possession of a Brazilian visa and into the first class piano lounge on a ship full of refugees bound for Rio; Jakob marries the love of his life in an abandoned house to a soundtrack of air sirens; Mila hides her daughter in a Catholic convent outside of Warsaw, only to return weeks later to find the convent in ruins; Genek endures a brutal winter in a Siberian gulag before embarking with his wife and newborn son on a year-long exodus through Persia to fight for the Allies; and Halina attempts to flee over the Austrian Alps on foot - while pregnant. All this, across continents and often in ignorance as to the fate of the rest of their family, while the wheels of war turn. We Were the Lucky Ones is a profoundly moving and memorable novel based on the author's family experiences
Summary
""Reading Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones is like being swung heart first into history. A brave and mesmerizing debut, and a truly tremendous accomplishment."--Paula McLain, New York Timesbestselling author of The Paris Wife. An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who scatter at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive, and to reunite. 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 ever closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships facing Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe willbecome inescapable and the Kurc family will be flung to the far corners of the earth, each desperately trying to chart his or her own path toward safety. As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death by working endless hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an extraordinary will to survive and by the fear that they may never see each other again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. In a novel of breathtaking sweep and scope that spans five continents and six years and transports readers from the jazz clubs of Paris to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to Krakow's most brutal prison and the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag, We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the capacity of the human spirit to endure in the face of the twentieth century's darkest moment"--
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10545985
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hunter, Georgia
Dewey number
813.6
Illustrations
genealogical tables
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Jewish families
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Jews, Polish
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Target audience
adult
Label
We were the lucky ones, Georgia Hunter
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacontent
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059781542
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
413 pages
Isbn
9780749021566
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)956624829
Label
We were the lucky ones, Georgia Hunter
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacontent
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059781542
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
413 pages
Isbn
9780749021566
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)956624829

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