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The Seven Good Years

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The Seven Good Years

A Memoir

By Etgar Keret

Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594633263, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

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Description
A brilliant, life-affirming, and hilarious memoir from a genius ("The" "New York Times") and master storyteller.
The seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret's son and the death of his father were good years, though still full of reasons to worry. Lev is born in the midst of a terrorist attack. Etgar's father gets cancer. The threat of constant war looms over their home and permeates daily life.
What emerges from this dark reality is a series of sublimely absurd ruminations on everything from Etgar's three-year-old son's impending military service to the terrorist mind-set behind Angry Birds. There's Lev's insistence that he is a cat, releasing him from any human responsibilities or rules. Etgar's siblings, all very different people who have chosen radically divergent paths in life, come together after his father's shivah to experience the grief and love that tie a family together forever. This wise, witty memoir Etgar's first nonfiction book published in America, and told in his inimitable style is full of wonder and life and love, poignant insights, and irrepressible humor.


About the Author
EtgarKeretwas born in Ramat Gan and now lives in Tel Aviv. A winner of the French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, he is a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the author, most recently, of the memoir The Seven Good Years and story collections like The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has appeared inThe New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, andThe New York Times, among many other publications, and onThis American Life, where he is a regular contributor."


NPR
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015

The Seven Good Years spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father. Keret says his father, who was a Holocaust survivor, taught him to "look reality straight in the face." More at NPR.org

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NPR
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015

Israeli writer Etgar Keret wrote his first piece of nonfiction the day his son was born. Later, when his father became terminally ill, he decided to publish his essays as a "living tombstone." More at NPR.org

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