In the Media

A Q&A with Sarah’s Book Shelves

“Hunter did a masterful job at keeping the story moving along, making it feel like a “quick read” in a page-turning sense, even though it’s not a short or light book. Rather than the war itself, the story is more about what life was like during the war for a Polish Jewish family and Hunter’s caring attention to detail made the backdrop come alive. We Were the Lucky Ones would be a fantastic choice for anyone who enjoyed The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.” —Sarah’s Book Shelves

Georgia Hunter on the Genesis of <em>We Were the Lucky Ones</em> for Waterstones

Waterstones highlights We Were the Lucky Ones, to be released February 14 in the UK by Allison & Busby

“When I was fifteen years old, a year after my grandfather had passed away, my high school English teacher assigned our class an “I-Search” project – a study in looking back at our roots. I sat down with my grandmother for an interview and it was then that I discovered, over the course of an hour, that my grandfather (whom I’d assumed until then to be American through and through) was raised in Poland, and that he came from a family of Holocaust survivors…” [Read More]

 

<em>Publishers Weekly</em> Talks with Georgia Hunter

The novel is based on your grandfather’s family’s experiences in Poland during the Holocaust. Why was this a story you needed to tell?

Growing up, I had no idea that [fleeing the Holocaust] was a piece of my grandfather’s past. He had chosen to put it behind him. I discovered it at this age when I was figuring out who I was and where I came from. So part of it was my personal journey in self-discovery. The other part was, the more I researched it, the more I realized that this was a story unlike any story I’d ever heard. I mean, the whole town of Radom, Poland, where my family was from, had about 30,000 Jews before the war, and less than 300 survived. For an entire family to have survived—and they didn’t survive together, too, they survived scattered—was remarkable.

Read more: Picking Up the Pieces: Publishers Weekly Talks with Georgia Hunter.

We Were the Lucky Ones Picks Up Momentum, at Home and Abroad

The fun began in early October, when Viking organized a media lunch in my honor, inviting literary editors from places like The New York Times Book Review, Publisher’s Weekly, Glamour, Vogue, O, Family Circle, Redbook, and the Jewish Book Council to a private event…