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The Fortunate Ones

The Fortunate Ones - Ellen Umansky

A special thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is about two women that are generations apart are connected by a famous Chaim Soutine painting. Umansky's debut moves from WWII to contemporary Los Angeles. In 1939, we meet Rose Zimmer who is being sent out of Austria to live with strangers in England. When the war ends, Rose is grief-stricken and seeks comfort in trying to find her mother's favourite Soutine painting but unfortunately for Rose, the painting has ended up in America.

In modern-day LA, Lizzie Goldstein is in mourning for her recently deceased father. She carries around extreme guilt that she cannot shed; as a teenager, Lizzie threw a party at her father's house and the cherished Soutine painting that offered her comfort after her mother's death was stolen and has yet to be found.

This work of art will bring the two women whom are seemingly adrift in their own lives, together. They forge a friendship that is marred by secrets and painful truths. Each woman is forced to examine her own life through longing, devastation, and ultimately forgiveness.

Umansky's writing is rich and wonderful although I quickly fell out of like with Rose. There were a few spots in the plot that could've been tighter, but overall, this is a good book and I would certainly recommend it. I look forward to her next book.