If we are lucky, we find the person whom not only makes us happy, but whom we will hopefully spend the rest of our lives with.
In the new book, We Are Going to Be Lucky A World War II Love Story in Letters, Lenny and Diana Miller were both first generation Jewish Americans who met and married just as World War II was starting to heat up. The book is a series of letters compiled by their daughter, Elizabeth L. Fox. Both born in New York City, both Lenny and Diana’s parents were Eastern European Jews who immigrated to America at the turn of the 20th century.
After they married, Lenny, like many young men of his generation, joined the Armed Forces. While Lenny was in the army, he and Diana communicated through letters. While Lenny wrote about his life in the military, Diana kept her husband abreast from news at home, especially the news regarding the birth of their daughter. After returning from the war, Lenny and Diana had a son and remained married until he died in 1990.
This book is absolutely fascinating. It illuminates the daily life of an ordinary couple who kept their love alive with the war going on, knowing that at any moment, Lenny might have given his life for his country.
I recommend it.