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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Etgar Keret (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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Distinctive Stories, Kind of 'Meh' Narration

The Seven Good Years is a loose collection of anecdotes and observations from Israeli writer Etgar Keret's life, starting with the birth of his son and progressing through the next seven years. Parts of it were very irreverent and funny! I haven't read a lot of work by modern Israeli writers, and Keret's voice seemed pretty distinctive to me — very wry and sardonic. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict loomed large, as well as the recent past of Keret's parents fleeing Poland during the Holocaust, and these things lent a certain nihilistic comic relief to situations like what to do when you're being cornered by a cable telemarketer.

This collection is super short, yet I didn't think it made for a great listen. The format of loose observations made it hard to latch onto a narrative thread while listening. And then there's Alex Karpovsky, who narrates — I like him as an actor, but as a narrator he was honestly kind of meh. I did enjoy it, but I'm not sure it will stand out at the end of the year when I look back on what I've listened to.

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Amazing Stories

I laughed and cried and worries and was relieved. So funny and so sad at the same time.

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Gd but never great

Enjoyable but never where I wanted to rush out and share. Maybe not good commute material?