Near the beginning of Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s The Seven Good Years, Keret’s son is born in the same hospital that’s treating the victims of a terrorist attack. A reporter approaches Keret for a quote, thinking a writer would be a good source. The reporter is disappointed to hear that Keret was “merely” there for the birth of his son, not injuries sustained in a terrorist attack. It’s a funny story, and it is simultaneously political and delicately personal. This meshing of large and small scales, in addition to a winning sense of humor, makes this collection of short essays pretty delightful. Keret is a candid, sometimes buoyant, always funny guide to the events of his family, from his son’s birth to his father’s death. For a book that deals with heavy stuff, it’ll make you smile quite a bit. Recommended by Danny.
A brilliant, life-affirming, and hilarious memoir from a "genius" (The New York Times) and master storyteller. With illustrations by Jason Polan.