When the book was published, it gained popularity overnight and most of the reviews were highly positive. The book has continued to gain popularity since its publication and it has never gone out of print up to this day. The book has received several literary awards and nominations.
The novel presents the author interviewing his father, a Holocaust survivor, about his experiences as a Polish Jew during that period. The author has very skillfully employed certain postmodern techniques. Jews are presented as mice and German and Poles are presented as cats and pigs.
The story revolves around the reunion of two childhood friends, Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield. It also describes how their fascination with each other’s lives continues to grow with the progression of time.
The novel has an omniscient third-person narrator; however, Sophie is also the narrator of the story. She is a little orphaned girl who happens to be living in an orphanage in England at the beginning of the story.
Ayn Rand is a Russian-American novelist. Through this novel, she gave her first statement against Communism. The author mentions in the foreword that “We the Living” was the closest she would ever come to writing an autobiography.