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We Were the Lucky Ones: About the Book

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive—and to reunite
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Reviews and Praise

Praise for One Good Thing

One Good Thing is still a work in progress. Once it’s finished, reviews will be posted here!

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!

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.”

Research and context

Luck Was Only Part of It

It turns out my grandfather (who later changed his name, for obvious reasons, from Adolph/Addy to Eddy), was just one of over twenty Kurcs originally from Radom, Poland. He was living in Toulouse in ‘39 at the start of the war. When he learned it would be too dangerous to return home to Poland for Passover, he embarked on a singular mission: to get out of Europe. His escape wasn't easy.

Tip 8: More on Exploring Your Jewish Genealogy

There’s a growing body of resources available to folks researching their Jewish Heritage. Here are a few sites I found especially helpful

Tip 7: Ask a Librarian

I searched for days trying to track down the number of Jews from my family’s home town in Poland who survived the Holocaust. In a last-ditch effort, I contacted a librarian the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Events

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…

“Inspired Stories” Keynote

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

Boston School Event

At an all-school assembly, Georgia addressed the 600+ students at Noble & Greenough School, then visited classes to continue the conversation in the context of their studies in writing, genocide and power. She was impressed by their insightful questions and comments. “Talking with such smart, curious and engaged students gives me hope for the future…

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Luck Was Only Part of It

It turns out my grandfather (who later changed his name, for obvious reasons, from Adolph/Addy to Eddy), was just one of over twenty Kurcs originally from Radom, Poland. He was living in Toulouse in ‘39 at the start of the war. When he learned it would be too dangerous to return home to Poland for Passover, he embarked on a singular mission: to get out of Europe. His escape wasn't easy.

Readers Guide

About the Story An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the untold true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive—and to reunite. It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal…

We Were the Lucky Ones: About the Book

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive—and to reunite

Author’s Note

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive—and to reunite

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…

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.

The story behind We Were the Lucky Ones