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The seven good years : a memoir
2015
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Genre
NonFiction
Humor
Topics
Writers
Fathers and sons
Family relationships
Jewish families
Personal narratives
Setting
Israel - Asia
- Middle East
Time Period
-- 20th-21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Award-winning Israeli author Keret's first venture into nonfiction spans the seven years between the birth of his son Lev and the death of his father. In typical Keret style (Suddenly a Knock on the Door), this collection of short stories set in modern war-torn Israel combines satire, dark humor, and imagination to portray the struggles of everyday Israeli existence by those who know that each day could be their last. The writing grows personal when Keret meditates on growing up in a Jewish household and recalls taking his son to the playground, where discussions with other parents ranged from diaper rash to concerns of allowing his three-year-old to grow up to become a soldier. The concluding story tells of entertaining Lev while finding shelter as air raid sirens blare the warning of an impending attack. VERDICT Fans of Keret's prose will not be disappointed. Readers new to his work will be drawn into unimaginable circumstances in which survival is not taken for granted but chronicled in intelligent, compassionate, sarcastic, and sometimes absurdly hilarious stories. [See Prepub Alert, 12/15/14.]-Lorraine Ravis, Monmouth Schs., ME © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Karpovsky, a prolific young actor and filmmaker best known for his roles in HBO's Girls, brings tremendous attention to detail and emotional depth to the new nonfiction title from Israeli fiction writer Keret. Keret chronicles the eventful time period between the birth of his son and the death of his father through a series of short vignettes from daily life, which gradually interconnect against a backdrop of political unrest in the Middle East. Karpovsky, the American son of Jewish Russian immigrants, beautifully masters the range of accents in the narrative. He also captures the developing speech patterns of Keret's little boy, Lev, from vulnerable toddlerhood to the assertiveness and independence of a seven-year-old. Karpovsky scores in his rendering of the author's aging parents through such memorable interactions as playing Angry Birds with their grandson. The sheer humanity in both the serious and lighthearted moments makes for a captivating listening experience. A Riverhead hardcover. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
A brilliant, life-affirming, and hilarious memoir from a "genius" ( The New York Times ) and master storyteller. With illustrations by Jason Polan. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.
Table of Contents
Year 1
Suddenly, the Same Thingp. 3
Big Babyp. 7
Call and Responsep. 11
The Way We Warp. 15
Year 2
Yours, Insincerelyp. 21
Flight Meditationp. 24
Strange Bedfellowsp. 28
Defender of the Peoplep. 33
Requiem for a Dreamp. 37
Long Viewp. 43
Year 3
Throwdown at the Playgroundp. 51
Swede Dreamsp. 56
Matchstrick Warp. 60
Idol Worshipp. 64
Year 4
Bombs Awayp. 71
What Does the Man Say?p. 76
My Lamented Sisterp. 80
Bird's Eyep. 86
Year 5
Imaginary Homelandp. 93
Fat Calsp. 96
Poserp. 101
Just Another Sinnerp. 105
Shit Happensp. 108
Last Man Standingp. 111
Bemusement Parkp. 115
Year 6
Ground Upp. 123
Sleepoverp. 129
Boys Don't Cryp. 133
Accidentp. 135
A Mustache for My Sonp. 140
Love at First Whiskeyp. 144
Year 7
Shivap. 151
In My Father's Footstepsp. 155
Jamp. 159
Fare and Goodp. 164
Pastramip. 169
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