Ransom at six months, enjoying a warm October day in Rowayton’s Pinkney Park

Well hello! It’s been a while. I left you last in March, at the tail end of my book tour, and (in case the photos didn’t give it away) seven months pregnant. I had grand plans to circle back to the blog in May, but then our little one surprised us with an early arrival and—poof!—suddenly my two months of eagerly anticipated post-tour/pre-maternity down time evaporated.

So to begin, I’d like to introduce you to the reason for my absence: meet James “Ransom,” the newest addition to the Farinholt/Hunter/Kurc family tree. He’s growing (and drooling) like a champ, has his daddy’s gregarious spirit, and smiles the hardest for his big brother Wyatt. We are hopelessly in love.

Now, to less important matters! I wanted to take a moment as we approach our Thanksgiving holiday to share a few updates on the book, and also to tell you how incredibly grateful I am for the support that’s been pouring in since We Were the Lucky Ones was released in February. I get emails daily from readers near and far and continue to be in awe of how warmly the book has been received.

We Were the Lucky Ones has gone over so well with Goodreads readers, in fact, that it’s made it to the Final Round of the 2017 Best Books of the Year Choice Awards! If you’ve read the book (and liked it), there’s still time to cast a vote in the Debut Author category, which you can do here before November 27. Thank you in advance to those who have kept the book in the running!

Spotted in Bologna—in Mario Batali’s Eataly, of all places

In other news, We Were the Lucky Ones is now appearing in translation in Poland, Italy, Holland, and Romania. An Israeli edition is coming soon. It’s incredibly surreal to receive photos from friends and fans who have stumbled across the book overseas.

In London’s oldest book shop, Hatchards on Piccadilly

I’ve also been dipping my toes back into the public arena, speaking at book festivals in Morristown, NJ and Cleveland, OH and at Jewish Community Centers everywhere from Washington D.C. to Miami, Florida, where I was fortunate enough to present to a group of 175 Holocaust educators. I enjoy sitting down with book groups as well (in person or via Skype)—if you’re interested in my joining your group, don’t hesitate to reach out, and feel free to check out my new Book Club Kit, which includes a Q&A, a travel map, and a few other resources that you might find interesting.

A reader in Transylvania

Finally, I’m excited to report that Viking has decided to send me on another book tour for the January release of the paperback edition of We Were the Lucky Ones! I’ve just posted my schedule on my events page—and will continue to update it, so stay tuned.

Signing off now with a full heart, and heaps of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving and may the holidays ahead bring you peace, happiness, and quality time spent with those you love most in the world.

Three generations of Kurc family turned out for a reading in Miami