In the Media
“I thought hard about penning my book as nonfiction–I’d done all of the research; the facts were there–but in the end I decided I wanted the story to feel immersive, visceral. I wanted it to read like a novel, not a history book. Whether creating your own work of historical fiction or simply curious about what it takes to do so, here are a few things I learned along the way about blending fact with fiction.” –You Weren’t There? So What: 4 Tips on Writing Historical Fiction
“Maybe it’s the foreboding sense of uncertainty in the current political climate, or maybe it’s the countless hours in the last decade I’ve spent thinking about what it means to be a refugee…whatever the reason, I’m haunted now not only by what the Kurcs endured, but by the fact that around the world today, hundreds of thousands of refugees are, as my family once was, in desperate need of safety, of a place to call home.” –Gransnet (UK)
“Nine years ago on a rainy day in January, I sat down with a binder full of condolence letters my mother had saved after my grandfather died. I remember the day well, as I had circled it on my calendar as the one on which I would officially commit to unearthing and recording my family history…” [read more]
“As authors often do, I spent months laboring over the opening for my book. Since many of the Kurcs lost touch with one other during the war, I knew each chapter would need to be told from a different relative’s perspective. I also knew I wanted Chapter One to be told through my grandfather’s eyes, and that it would be set in a jazz club in pre-war Paris—my grandfather was my link to the family story, and one of his best-known lifelong attributes was his passion for music…” [read more]
“I left Radom understanding why my great-grandparents had decided to raise a family there – the city was quaint, liveable; I appreciated its understated, small-town vibe. But I couldn’t help but also feel the presence of the 30,000 Jews who had once inhabited the city (a community that was reduced to fewer than 300 by war’s end), who had enjoyed it for what it was before their lives were turned upside down.” —Foyles
“The story that so grippingly comes across in the pages of We Were the Lucky Ones isn’t strictly fiction—the characters and events that inhabit this Holocaust survival story are based on her family’s own history.” —Newsweek Magazine
Honored to speak with Robin Kall on Pub Day about the research and writing of We Were the Lucky Ones. Listen here!
“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
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]
Georgia Hunter, author of “We Were the Lucky Ones“, speaks at the Open Book Event Fall 2016 at the Penguin Random House offices.
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.
Thank you, Bustle, for including We Were the Lucky Ones in your “15 New Authors You’re Going to be Obsessed With” roundup!
I had the honor of being invited by Penguin Random House (PRH) to join a panel of six authors with forthcoming titles at an Open Book event in New York.
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…
What a week it’s been for We Were the Lucky Ones (and it’s only Wednesday!).