“Here We Aren’t, So Quickly” is a short story unlike anything I’ve read before. In a series of seemingly non sequitur sentences, Jonathan Safran Foer (who is probably best known for his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), weaves an elaborate portrait of a couple’s life from the early years of their marriage into middle age.
As a reader I think this story is poetic in the way that it flows and the way that it is able to evoke the lives of the characters without using traditional narrative elements. As I writer I think this is an amazing piece and writing and a great example of what can be done when storytelling is approached in different ways. It’s certainly a story I would recommend for any aspiring authors, but it’s also a joy to simply read.