Fly Already

Fly Already is a short story collection by Etgar Keret.

Etgar Keret

There's no one like Etgar Keret. His stories take place at the crossroads of the fantastical, searing, and hilarious. His characters grapple with parenthood and family, war and games, marijuana and cake, memory and love. These stories never go to the expected place, but always surprise, entertain, and move.

In "Arctic Lizard," a young boy narrates a post-apocalyptic version of the world where a youth army wages an unending war, rewarded by collecting prizes. A father tries to shield his son from the inevitable in "Fly Already." In "One Gram Short," a guy just wants to get a joint to impress a girl and ends up down a rabbit hole of chaos and heartache. And in the masterpiece "Pineapple Crush," two unlikely people connect through an evening smoke down by the beach, only to have one of them imagine a much deeper relationship.

The thread that weaves these pieces together is our inability to communicate, to see so little of the world around us and to understand each other even less. Yet somehow, in these pages, through Etgar's deep love for humanity and our hapless existence, a bright light shines through and our universal connection to each other sparks alive. (From Riverhead Books)

Fly Already is available in Sept. 2019.

Etgar Ketet is an Israeli screenwriter and graphic novelist. Some of his books published in English include How to Make a Good Script Great, The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God and The Seven Good Years.

Interviews with Etgar Keret

This week an encore presentation of Eleanor Wachtel's delightfully humorous, but also very touching, onstage conversation with Israeli short story writer Etgar Keret.