The Fortunate Ones

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

The essence of art is transcendent in nature. A single piece of art can mean many things. In Ellen Umansky’s debut novel, The Fortunate Ones, art embodies love, loss, and friendship. The story centers around a missing painting and how it has brought two women, Rose Zimmer and Lizzie Goldstein, together.

As the story moves from Nazi-occupied Vienna to modern-day Los Angeles, we find both Rose and Lizzie struggling with events from their past. Thinking that the painting will reconcile their past with their present lives, they desperately try to locate it. In the end, both Rose and Lizzie discover that inner peace requires acceptance.

Umansky’s The Fortunate Ones is a multi-faceted and beautifully crafted story of how experiences don’t necessarily define a life, rather life’s beauty is found within ones self.

Rating 3.5/4

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this:
close-alt close collapse comment ellipsis expand gallery heart lock menu next pinned previous reply search share star