New York Times
A Best Book of the Year
Los Angeles Times, Washington Post Book World, Chicago Tribune,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rocky Mountain News
"Energetic, inventive, and ambitious . . . an uplifting myth
born of the sorrows of 9/11." -Boston Globe
Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers
of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything
Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he
confronts the traumas of our recent history.
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret
mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York.
His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that
belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the
morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring
Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating,
affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a miracle, a daybreak, a
man on the moon. It''s so impeccably imagined, so courageously
executed, so everlastingly moving and fine." -Baltimore