Vienna, 1939: As the specter of war darkens Europe, Rose Zimmer's parents are desperate. Unable to get out of Austria, they manage to send their young daughter on a Kindertransport to live with strangers in England.
Los Angeles, present day: Lizzie Goldstein returns home for her father's funeral, grief-stricken and shouldering a sense of guilt she cannot displace.
When Lizzie and Rose meet, they discover that the same Chaim Soutine painting has been stolen from them both-and has never been recovered. As the two women share their stories, and the sense of loss the painting sparks in them, they begin to forge a friendship that will release both from the long-held burdens they carry. Spanning decades and unfolding in crystalline, atmospheric prose, The Fortunate Ones is a haunting story of longing, devastation, and forgiveness, and a deep examination of the bonds and desires that map our private histories.
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Ellen Umansky has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of venues, including the New York Times, Salon, Playboy, and the short story anthologies Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge and Sleepaway: Writings on Summer Camp.She has worked in the editorial departments of The Forward, Tablet, and The New Yorker. She grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
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