The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories (Paperback)
I can't count the number of times I've recommended this collection to friends and customers wanting to add some edge to their library. Think of Mr. Keret as Israel's answer to Chuck Palahniuk (only so much better). You'll laugh, cringe, shudder, and gawk at this fresh and culturally vital voice. (P.S. last story is source material for indie darling Wristcutters: A Love Story).— From Katelyn
Classic warped and wonderful stories from a "genius" (The New York Times) and master storyteller.
Brief, intense, painfully funny, and shockingly honest, Etgar Keret's stories are snapshots that illuminate with intelligence and wit the hidden truths of life. As with the best writers of fiction, hilarity and anguish are the twin pillars of his work. Keret covers a remarkable emotional and narrative terrain--from a father's first lesson to his boy to a standoff between soldiers caught up in the Middle East conflict to a slice of life where nothing much happens. New to Riverhead's list, these wildly inventive, uniquely humane stories are for fans of Etgar Keret's inimitable style and readers of transforming, brilliant fiction.
About the Author
Etgar Keret was born in Tel Aviv in 1967. He is a recipient of the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the author, most recently, of the memoir The Seven Good Years and the story collection Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, and The New York Times, among many other publications, and on "This American Life," where he is a regular contributor.