The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 14, No. 4


by Etgar Keret

Robbie was seven when he told his first lie. His mother had given him a wrinkled old bill and asked him to buy her a pack of king-size Kents at the grocery store. Robbie bought an ice cream cone instead. He hid the change under a big, white stone in the backyard of their apartment building and told his mother that a giant, redheaded kid with a missing front tooth had kicked him in the shin and taken the money. She believed him. And Robbie hasn’t stopped lying since.

To read the rest of this story and others from the Winter 2010 / 2011 issue, please purchase a copy from our online store.