A conversation with Georgia Hunter
When Georgia was 15 years old, she discovered that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. Years later, she embarked on a journey of intensive research, determined to unearth and record her family’s remarkable story. The result is the New York Times best seller, We Were the Lucky Ones, a gripping saga that follows the Kurc family as brothers, sisters, parents and children scatter across continents at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive, and to reunite. At its core, Georgia’s historical novel is a tale of hope, love and endurance against all odds.
This evening, Georgia will be in conversation with board member Leila Shields, focusing on her choice to tell this personal story as historical fiction. She will present an illustrated backstory about her decade-long quest to put her family’s history to paper, revealing the extraordinary discoveries she made along the way—not only about her ancestors, but about her own identity, and the resilience of the human spirit.We Were the Lucky Ones is Georgia’s first book and spent over four months on the New York Times Bestseller List. It has been translated into 16 languages, and has been selected as a top pick by Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Post, People Magazine and Audible, among others. It is the winner of the fiction category for the 2018 Connecticut Book Award and - in recent news - has been optioned for a television limited series. To quote Glamour Magazine, “Love in the face of adversity? It couldn’t be more timely.”
About Georgia:Georgia has loved to write since she was a child, growing up in rural Massachusetts. Her debut publication was an op-ed written at age 10 for the Attleboro Sun Chronicle. She graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 2000, and has lived in Atlanta and Seattle where she’s worked as a brand strategist and as a freelance copywriter in the field of adventure travel. She now lives in Rowayton, CT, with her husband and two sons.
Online via ZOOM
7pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, April 28
For more info, call 203.227.3250 or email info@WestportWriters.org
We Were The Lucky Ones: The Story Behind the Story