Everything Is Going to Be Great, is performer, playwright, comedian, and author Rachel Shukert’s hilarious memoir of traveling through Europe in her twenties. She chronicles her youthful navigation through the haphazard fun and debauchery of new freedoms, and the growing pains that ultimately accompany “adulthood.” Fans of Sloane Crosley and David Sedaris are going to love Shukert’s story, and her sharp, smart humor.
Critical Praise for Rachel Shukert
"Shukert's sharp comic turns careen smack into the middle of our hearts."
— Los Angeles Times
"Rachel Shukert's memoir is more than just 'girl-gone-overseas'; it's a hilarious, brave and surprisingly piercing work of art."
— Diablo Cody, Academy Award-winning writer of Juno
"If you read only one memoir by a disaffected, urban, 20-something Jewish girl this year, make it this one. Shukert rocks."
— Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan
"Everything Is Going to Be Great is full of smartly observed cultural detail, sexual misadventure, heartbreak, and helpful tips. This outrageous and hilarious memoir will make you laugh, gasp, and occasionally squirm—sometimes all three at once. A weird and wonderful read."
— J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Commencement
"Shukert is a hugely funny, wildly smart, and menacingly original writer. I don't much care for leaving the house, but if I were ever to travel, I'd want to do it in book form and alongside Rachel, who has one billion crazy stories set in foreign lands, all beautifully told."
— Julie Klausner, author of I Don't Care About Your Band
"The humor with which [Shukert] recounts her experiences allows her work to transcend beyond the cliché of overseas-love-affairs-gone-awry….An entertaining and often laugh-out-loud story of soul-searching abroad."
"Hilariously unpredictable...Shukert has a talent for pulling out the gritty and uncomfortable details that throws her stories into sharp relief...and packs enough force and honestly to send you reeling."
— Time Out New York
"A hilarious feast of alienation...It's impossible not to be riveted."
"A major new satiric voice."
— The Omaha Reader
When she lands a coveted nonpaying, nonspeaking role in a play going on a European tour, Rachel Shukert—with a brand-new degree in acting from NYU and no money—finally scores her big break. And, after a fluke at customs in Vienna, she gets her golden ticket: an unstamped passport, giving her free rein to “find herself” on a grand tour of Europe. Traveling from Vienna to Zurich to Amsterdam, Rachel bounces through complicated relationships, drunken mishaps, miscommunication, and the reality-adjusting culture shock that every twentysomething faces when sent off to negotiate "the real world"—whatever that may be.