“A beautiful and complex story ....elegant, engaging, and smart.”
Town & Country
"Umansky’s richly textured and peopled novel tells an emotionally and historically complicated story with so much skill and confidence it’s hard to believe it’s her first."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Ellen Umansky’s novel, THE FORTUNATE ONES, is like the melody of a song that you can’t forget. Her marvelous, utterly human characters will stay with you."
David Gillham, author of City of Women
“Umansky's multilayered novel asks the big questions with compassion, tenderness, and a deft touch.”
Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life
“THE FORTUNATE ONES is a riveting, page-turning novel that investigates the true price of art and love and history. It is both magnificent in its sweep and intimate in its telling."
Jennifer Gilmore, author of The Mothers
“Original and tremendously moving...leaves readers with a sense of hope.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Ellen Umansky is an absurdly gifted writer, and her masterful debut is so smart, so compelling, so emotionally and intellectually and morally complex, it will make you see the world in a completely different way."
Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year
“With remarkable elegance and electric prose, Ellen Umansky has written a brilliant novel... I stayed up all night reading this book and it left me weeping, in awe of her gifts and, more than anything, so lucky to be alive.”
Joanna Hershon, A Dual Inheritance
“A subtle, emotionally layered novel about the ways art and other objects of beauty can make tangible the invisible, undocumented moments in our lives."
The New York Times Book Review
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