In the Media
We Were the Lucky Ones is the 2018 Connecticut Book Award winner in the fiction category. The honor was announced at a ceremony on October 14, 2018, at which Okey Ndibe, 2017 winner in non-fiction, gave a moving keynote speech.
The Fall edition of Virginia features a story on alumna Georgia Hunter and We Were the Lucky Ones. The article posits that Georgia’s college study of behavioral psychology helped with gathering of oral histories for the book. “She’d learned that people’s actions provide the clearest window into who they are. So instead of asking, ‘What kind of person was your father?’ she’d say, ‘Tell me his favorite joke.’ Or, ‘Tell me what annoyed you about him.'” This approach helped her “collect the compelling details that she could then imagine into conversations among her characters, bringing them to life on the page.” You can read the full article here.
“A thrilling novel is hard to put down,” says Jessica Vainer of The Baltimore Post-Examiner of her “top book picks.” She singles out five novels for which to “buckle up for an adventurous ride to depths of breathlessness,” including We Were the Lucky Ones, about which she promises, “…you will fall head first into this masterpiece and never come out.”
A recent HEC-TV interview delves into the historical and personal environments that frame the themes of We Were the Lucky Ones. Music and images are woven throughout the “First Person, One on One” interview, conducted by host Paul Schankman and filmed in St. Louis. While Georgia describes her research findings and the family’s legacy, her grandfather Addy’s music, including his moving ballad, “List,” a pre-war hit in Poland, can be heard in the background.
Ted Buss writes in The Wichita Falls Record News that “sometimes it is healthy to revisit history” and singled out We Were the Lucky Ones as an “outstanding” book that will leave readers “moved and educated,” giving us “every reason to take a knee on the Fourth of July and thank God for all who paid for our freedom.”
During the Colorado leg of her June 2018 book tour, Georgia was interviewed for KGNU’s Booktalk, where authors reveal the story behind the story.
Penguin Random House just launched GRAND CENTRAL READS in partnership with Grand Central Terminal. It’s a website that offers visitors to the station free extended excerpts of popular books, including We Were the Lucky Ones. The innovative program was created in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that preserved the iconic terminal as a historic landmark (and prohibited the construction of a 53-story office building overhead). Watch for posters in the station and on Metro North trains and platforms, and check out the wonderful selection of books.
“You will pick it up and then not put it down until you’ve finished the very last sentence on the very last page,” writes the reviewer of We Were the Lucky Ones in the just-published Author Interview & Review: The Scoop on Georgia Hunter.
In an interview for DYI-MFA, a “show that will help you write more, write better, write smarter,” Georgia discusses how to craft suspense, how to draw the line between fiction and non-fiction, and much more. Listen to the conversation here.
We Were the Lucky Ones is selected by Harpers Bazaar as one of 14 Books You Need to Read in February…”a tale of resilience and commitment to one another amidst the direst of obstacles.”
“Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn’t be more timely.” –Glamour magazine, on We Were the Lucky Ones
We Were the Lucky Ones is picked by Glamour magazine as one of the Best Books to Read in 2017
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.