One very special work of art-a Chaim Soutine painting-will connect the lives and fates of two different women, generations apart, in this enthralling and transporting debut novel that moves from World War II Vienna to contemporary Los Angeles. It is 1939 in Vienna, and as the specter of war darkens Europe, Rose Zimmer's parents are desperate. Unable to get out of Austria, they manage to secure passage for their young daughter on a kindertransport, and send her to live with strangers in England. Six years later, the war finally over, a grief-stricken Rose attempts to build a life for herself. Alone in London, devastated, she cannot help but try to search out one piece of her childhood: the Chaim Soutine painting her mother had cherished. Many years later, the painting finds its way to America. In modern-day Los Angeles, Lizzie Goldstein has returned home for her father's funeral. Newly single and unsure of her path, she also carries a burden of guilt that cannot be displaced. Years ago, as a teenager, Lizzie threw a party at her father's house with unexpected but far-reaching consequences. The Soutine painting that she loved and had provided lasting comfort to her after her own mother had died was stolen, and has never been recovered. This painting will bring Lizzie and Rose together and ignite an unexpected friendship, eventually revealing long-held secrets that hold painful truths. 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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"Umansky's extraordinary historical fiction, based on a fictional painting by Chaim Soutine, brings two women together to find a way to mend their broken lives. Karen White's narration does not meet the challenge of such a complex story, which moves in a nonlinear fashion from 1939 Vienna to contemporary Los Angeles, with stops in London and New York along the way. White delivers the story in a singsong cadence that challenges the listener to stay engaged and follow the many changes of time, place, and character. Although she makes some effort to distinguish characters, her portrayals are inconsistent, and her flat delivery adds to the challenge of following the many people and events that weave through this story. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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