The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret
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.