This year's book selection has been announced! This fall, Thomas County will be reading and celebrating the New York Times bestselling novel, We Were the Lucky Ones. You can catch up on past One Book selections here.
It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.
As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.
For as long as she can remember, Georgia Hunter has loved to write. She penned her first “novel” when she was four years old, and titled it Charlie Walks the Beast after her father’s sci-fi novel, Softly Walks the Beast. When she was eleven, she pitched an article to the local newspaper. Since that debut in the Attleboro Sun Chronicle, Georgia's personal essays and photos have been featured in places like the New York Times “Why We Travel,” in travelgirl magazine, and on Equitrekking.com. She's also taken on the role of freelance copywriter in the world of adventure travel, crafting marketing materials for outfitters such as Austin Adventures and The Explorer’s Passage.
In 2000, a family reunion opened Georgia's eyes to the astounding war stories of her grandfather and his family. Eight years later, armed with a digital voice recorder and a moleskin notebook, she set off to unearth and record her family’s story. Georgia spent nearly a decade traversing the globe, interviewing family and digging up records from every possible source she could think of, eventually piecing together the bones of what would become her novel, We Were the Lucky Ones.