Partners Village Store and Kitchen will welcome author Georgia Hunter for its second author luncheon at the Sakonnet Point Club (11 Bluff Head Avenue, Little Compton, R.I.) on Thursday, April 19, 12 p.m. Hunter will speak about her New York Times bestselling book "We Were the Lucky Ones." The event is open to the public and tickets cost $25. The ticket includes lunch. Seat reservations are available by calling Partners at (508) 636-2572.

Inspired by the true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive and to reunite, "We Were the Lucky Ones" is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds, according to a news release.

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.

"We Were the Lucky Ones" demonstrates how in the face of the 20th century's darkest moment, the human spirit endured and even thrived, a news release states.

When Hunter was 15, a student at Moses Brown School in Providence, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. "We Were the Lucky Ones" was born of her quest to uncover her family's staggering history.

Hunter's website,, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the extensive research this project required. The author lives in Connecticut.