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We Were the Lucky Ones is Coming to Hulu

Friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted to my blog (my apologies–I’ll blame the radio silence on the pandemic, and on a looming deadline for Book 2!). Let me catch you up with the latest news. As I reported some time ago, my dear friend Thomas Kail optioned We Were the Lucky Ones for television. After…

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Buzz Feed’s Life Changing Books

I’m thrilled and humbled to be included in BuzzFeed’s list of books that have changed readers’ lives – to find We Were the Lucky Ones among classic favorites by authors like Maya Angelou, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Viktor E. Frankl, Stephen Hawking, Aldous Huxley, Kazuo Ishiguro, Gabriel García Márquez, Art Spiegelman, J. R. R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Kurt Vonnegut, David…

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NBC Today Show Shoutout

Congrats to Lauren Fox on her gorgeous new bestseller, Send for Me, featured as a Reading with Jenna bookclub selection. And a huge thanks to Lauren for picking We Were the Lucky Ones as a favorite book on her Today Show interview!

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WorldClassPerformer feature

Thank you, WorldClassPerformer.com, for including my interview with those of other writers and public figures who share their “Short Life Lessons.” 

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Virtual Book Talk

Like other authors, I sorely miss the chance to meet with readers in person, thanks to social distancing – a necessary element of the Coronavirus pandemic. But maybe a silver lining is the ability to reach new audiences virtually, regardless of location. This week I was delighted to be “in the room” with readers from…

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New York Times: My Review of We Germans

Honored to review We Germans for the NYTimes Book Review, in the 8/30/20 issue devoted to World War II at 75. This does feel like an opportune moment to seek out “perspectives starkly different from our own.”

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Prix des Lectrices Charleston

Honored to be selected as a reader’s choice finalist by my French publisher, Les Editions Charleston. The Prix des Lectrices is awarded annually by literary bloggers and influencers – a group of 60 this year. The winner is chosen in June. Merci, Editions Charleston!

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Book of the Month

Thanks, UK publisher Allison & Busby, for selecting We Were the Lucky Ones as the Editor’s Choice Book of the Month for May! And for including Chapter One as a “free taster.”

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Book Riot Recommendation

We Were the Lucky Ones is one of Book Riot readers’ all-time favorite World War II fiction books. Honored to be in such good company!

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Top pick at {pages} indie bookstore

It’s always nice to see independent bookstores featured in the media. I loved visiting {pages} in Huntington Beach, CA, during my 2018 paperback tour. Read all about this “book world destination” here. And thank you, Alex, for remembering my appearance! “Alex Geffner-Millsten has worked at {pages} for two years. Next month, he’ll be organizing the the…

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Sound Watch Interview

Georgia is featured in an in-depth interview in the January-February 2020 edition of Sound Watch News, a brand new publication distributed to all residents of Rowayton and Darien, CT. Lauren Henry delved into the backstory on We Were the Lucky Ones and asked about Georgia’s new projects.

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“Inspired Stories” Keynote

Honored to have been featured as keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Conference of Churches Annual Dinner, themed “Inspired Stories.”

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A New Life for We Were the Lucky Ones

So I’ve got some big news. I’ll get right to it, and promise to fill you in on summer book happenings soon–but this news, IMHO, takes the cake…

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BookBub calls We Were the Lucky Ones “Breakthrough Historical Fiction”

“If you love historical fiction and are looking for a new author to read, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest recent historical fiction debuts. Featuring new releases from first-time novelists, these reads will transport you from Civil War America to 1970s South Korea.” –BookBub 

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9 Down, 1 to Go: Highlights from the Book Tour

It’s been six weeks since the launch of We Were the Lucky Ones—a milestone made all the more monumental by the photos that flooded my inbox in the days that followed—photos of friends with the book in their laps at the beach, on an airplane, at home cozied up on the couch; photos of the U.K. edition spotted at Waterstones in London…

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The Sweetest Valentine

It’s official. “Pub Day” as they call it here in the States, has arrived. We Were the Lucky Ones has landed in bookstores (and on Kindle & Audible) across the U.S. and in the U.K., and might have even landed on your doorstep (as it did mine just a few minutes ago!), if you pre-ordered a copy. While…

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A Book Tour and a Brand New Author Website

Believe it or not, in less than two weeks, We Were the Lucky Ones will be out for the world to read. To the family and friends who have cheered wholeheartedly (and waited patiently) throughout this near-decade-long journey, and to the teams at The Book Group and at Viking that have offered immeasurable support and guidance along the road to publication –…

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An Author Panel, a Trade Review, and Sentiments from Israel

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.

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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…

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Retracing the Kurc Family Odyssey, Part II: Italy

Last year, Robert and I set off on a weeklong, 685-mile journey through Poland, the Czech Republic, and Austria, following in the footsteps of my relatives, who traveled the same path seventy years before.

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A Last Round of Revisions and a Cover, Revealed

What a week it’s been for We Were the Lucky Ones (and it’s only Wednesday!).

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Somebody Pinch Me

We Were the Lucky Ones has a launch date—February 14, 2017—yes, Valentine’s Day!  The countdown to publication is finally, officially, on. February may feel eons away (especially as we’ve just dipped our toes into summer), but I’ve come to realize there will be plenty to report between now and then. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the publicity and marketing teams at…

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A New Working Title, With Markus Zusak’s Approval

I never would have guessed that the first person I’d share my new working title with (outside of my immediate family) would be Markus Zusak, author of the (mega)bestselling novel, The Book Thief.  I had the pleasure of meeting Markus yesterday, at a book signing event in Connecticut. The Book Thief, narrated by none other than death…

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Take Three: a Revision, a Shoot, and a Reading

It’s hard to believe that over two months have passed since Robert and I set off for Warsaw. Our Eternal Quest, as we dubbed it, left me energized and eager to get back to the book, which is lucky; on returning I received a new round of feedback from my editor, Sarah. I knew this round would be more specific than the last, and I’d be lying if…

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We Pitched. We Held Our Breath. Would Anyone Swing?

Earlier this month, my agent deemed my manuscript polished enough to pitch to publishing houses. “I think we’re ready for primetime,” Brettne said. I agreed reluctantly—even after our latest round of revisions, I still felt the pressing need to tinker, to make it better. But it was time, Brettne assured me, to let it go. Brettne pitched The Eternal Ones to over a…

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Enter the Agent

The agent search, as any first-time author will tell you, is daunting. It requires an ungodly amount of due diligence, and a hearty dose of self-esteem. Rejections are inevitable; it can take months, years even, for a literary agent to bite. And so, when my editor Jane and I put together an A-list of names to query about my manuscript, I was…

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Sweet Caroline

I left you last month with a post about my editor—and I promise to update you on Jane’s encouraging feedback at a later date. This post, however, I’d like to dedicate to my grandmother, Caroline, who passed away on Tuesday, two days short of her 100th birthday.

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Celebrating Summer…and a Much Anticipated Milestone

Can it be–August already? What a summer it’s been. Mine (in a nutshell) has entailed exploring Nova Scotia’s seaboard with family, cavorting with friends in Charleston, beach-hopping with Wyatt in Rowayton, tackling boatloads of travel writing assignments, and, of course, pushing to complete a second round of edits to my manuscript. In my last post, I introduced you to Dvora, a…

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Digging My Way to the Finish Line

Well folks, I’m mid-way through a second round of book edits, and if I squint hard enough, I think I can see the finish line!

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With the Clock Ticking, Fall is for Fact Checking

Greetings, friends! I’m sure many of you are as reluctant as I am to bid summertime adieu—although I must admit, I’m looking forward to some downtime this fall. Robert, Wyatt and I have been moving nonstop, it seems, hopping between family reunions, horse shows, adventure races and ultrasound appointments. Turns out the reason I’ve been so…

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Out (gulp) for the World to Read

When it rains it pours. That’s certainly been the case here in Connecticut, where the past few months have brought weeks of torrential downpour (and I thought we’d left the rain behind in Seattle!), along with—on a much brighter note—several unexpected opportunities to promote The Lucky Ones. Shortly after I completed my piece for the Gordon…

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The Gordon School Spotlights The Lucky Ones

A couple of months ago, I received a request for alumni updates from Siobhan Welsh at the Gordon School in Rhode Island, where I attended 1st through 8th grade. When Siobhan heard about my book project, she immediately asked if I would consider coming in to speak with Gordon’s 8th grade class about my family’s story.…

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What’s Your Story?

As a new mom, I’m always on the lookout for tips on parenting. A year and a half ago, when I was still sporting a baby bump, my shelves were piled with the usual prerequisites—Baby 411, The Happiest Baby on the Block, What to Expect: the First Year. Now, as Wyatt approaches his sixteenth month, my husband…

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On Valentine’s, a Story of Love Lost, and Found

I’ll never forget the day I got the call. I was at my uncle’s house in Warwick, Rhode Island for dinner. My cell phone rang as we were sitting down to eat. Who did I know with a 919 area code? And then it dawned on me.

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Romance Amid Roadblocks Aboard the Ill-Fated S/S Alsina

Greetings and happy 2013! I hope you’re as excited as I am for what the new year has to bring. #1 on my list of resolutions this year is to complete a draft of The Lucky Ones by summertime. Wish me luck! I left you last with a snapshot of life for the Kurc siblings in December of…

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A Step Back in Time to December 8th, 1940

It’s official–the holidays are upon us. This evening, families will gather to light the first of their menorah candles, hosts will begin prepping their holiday menus and children will sit down in pine-scented homes to pen letters to the North Pole. In the midst of it all, I can’t help but reflect on my own…

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Does ‘We’re Sorry’ Cut It, Seventy Years Later?

Last April, I received a letter from the Memorial Center in Moscow—an organization I contacted in hopes of tracking down additional information about my great-uncle Genek, who was deported from Poland in 1941, along with his wife Herta, to one of Stalin’s Siberian gulags. A woman by the name of Olga Cheriepova, a member of the Memorial…

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A Tattoo that Says ‘Never Forget’

The Sunday before last, the New York Times published an article entitled Proudly Bearing Elders’ Scars, Their Skin Says ‘Never Forget.’ In it, journalist Jodi Rudoren describes a movement among twenty- and thirty-somethings to replicate the tattoos worn on the the forearms of their Holocaust-survivor relatives. I found the piece both chilling and inspiring. “When [21 year old]…

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"The Night Eight KGB Agents Burst Into My Flat"

Neck deep in research on Stalin’s Siberian gulags, I was consumed with the burning question of how and why Genek and Herta were sent off to Siberia in the first place. By recommendation of the Kresy-Siberia Foundation, I contacted Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Amazingly, I heard back right away—not only did Hoover have a record of Genek’s name, they had…

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A Siberian Mystery Unfolds

After six weeks of squatting with friends and another six weeks of tackling travel writing assignments and endless piles of boxes, we’re (nearly!) settled in our new home…which means, at long last, I can return to my book. Inspired by a recent visit from my cousin-once-removed, Michel (visiting New York from Brazil), I thought I’d…

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Home Sweet Home

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the meaning of “home.” A month ago, after a seven-year stint in Seattle, Robert and I packed up six-month-old Wyatt and all of our belongings and caught a one-way flight to Connecticut. The day before our move, however, our CT lease fell through, and our world turned upside…

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We Have a Winner!

You guessed right, Daryl—the mosaic in the banner photo above lives just off the shore of Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Congratulations on being the first to respond correctly—your iTunes gift card is on the way (you should consider downloading Getz & Gilberto’s Girl from Ipanema to commemorate your win!). Robert and I visited…

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One, Last (mountainous) Clue

Thanks to all of you who have guessed/commented on last week’s “name that photo” contest. The verdict’s still out on where the banner shot (above) was taken…which means a $25 iTunes gift certificate is still up for grabs! I’ve decided to post one, last clue—a panned-out photo (below)—which I imagine will incite a few aha’s!…

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Underground in Miami

“I wasn’t the only one in the family with multiple identities,” Ricardo said when he’d finished explaining the story behind his two birth certificates. “During the war, my parents went by the name BRZOZA.” Ricardo’s father, it turns out, was part of the Jewish Underground. He made false papers. “How?” I asked. “He replicated the stamps…

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"What do you mean, I have two birthdays?"

A month after I returned from Paris, I flew to Miami to interview Ricardo, Anna’s older brother (my grandfather’s nephew). Ricardo was born just after the war, although when, and where exactly, seemed to be something of a mystery. “Ask him about his birthdays,” my mother suggested, before I left. “Birthday…S?” “Yeah. He has two of them.”…

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A Trove of Family Treasures in Paris

Hello, friends and family! Little Man Wyatt has rounded the three month bend and I’m happy to report that I’m back (well, almost) from the Land of the Sleep Deprived, and excited to get the ball rolling again on blog posts. I left you last in Paris, where I’d spent an afternoon interviewing Felicia (daughter of…

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A New Branch in the Family Tree

Dear family, friends, and followers of The Lucky Ones, Exciting news on the home front–Robert and I have welcomed a new branch to our family tree! Thomas Wyatt Farinholt (“Wyatt”) arrived on November 23rd, just over three weeks early (in true Kurc fashion, he’s already on his own schedule–determined to take fate into his own…

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Looking Back: Surviving the Holocaust, Through the Eyes of a Three-Year-Old

In February of ’08 I flew to Paris to interview two relatives: Felicia and Anna (daughters of Mila and Halina, my grandfather’s two sisters). Equipped with a digital voice recorder and an empty moleskin notebook (and a flutter in my stomach that kept me wide awake for the duration of my ten-hour overnight journey), February 11, 2008 will…

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Passing of the Baton

I remember the day I told my mother I wanted to write a book about our family history. We were sitting on her gray and white-striped couch in Providence, Rhode Island, the day after Christmas, 2005. “I’ve decided I’d like to write a book about how Papa and his siblings survived the Holocaust,” I said.…

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Thirty-Two Relatives Under One Roof: a Raucous-Turned-Revelational Family Reunion

In July of 2000, the summer after I graduated from the University of Virginia, my mother organized a Kurc family reunion at our house on Martha’s Vineyard. She invited thirty-two relatives (many of whom she hadn’t seen in over twenty years), and to her surprise, all thirty-two RSVPed, “Of course we’ll be there!” We rented…

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