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The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky
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The Fortunate Ones was at first glance about a famed, twice stolen piece of art, and the connections it brings throughout the generations. I can assure you that in reading this book; you’ll be drawn into the past and the present with a story about forgiveness, guilt, secrets, lies, love, survival, family ties and friendship. It’s a multi-layered story in a short 324 pages.

The artwork stolen in this novel, by master artist Chaim Soutine, is fictional. Yet this piece of art is the catalyst that brings the cast of characters together. Two women, separated by generations had the image of this piece of art, the fictionalized Bell Hop, as a memory that connects them to their home and most importantly their mothers’. When these two meet, a unique and unlikely friendship emerges. It’s cathartic and warm until secrets begin to undermine their relationship.

This book offers us a bit of Vienna and London before, during and after the war. This is not a full on Holocaust novel but there is a crucial storyline that surrounds it that becomes the backbone of the book. I’ve seen a few negative reviews citing that this novel really isn’t about WW2 and/or the Holocaust. I’d counter that these reviewers are right; it's about so much more than that. The Holocaust is just one part of the book.

As I read more and more books that uncover secrets after someone has died, it just unnerves me. I believe this happens in real life as much as it does in fiction so why oh why do people leave things unsettled or unfinished? What a burden that leaves on the surviving family- albeit it makes for good fiction as it did in this novel. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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March 7, 2017 – Shelved
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
March 17, 2017 – Started Reading
March 22, 2017 – Finished Reading

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