Oskar Schell is lost in the world. With the loss of his father in the 9/11 world trade center attacks, all seems hopeless. The loss is overwhelming, Oskar's closeness with his father only makes the tear in his reality more acute. Everything seems bleak...until the day he finds the key. Searching through his father's closet, he finds the trinket tucked away in an envelope, unassuming, with only the word 'Black' written in the top left-hand corner. As he searches for the key, contacting every single person named Black in New York City, he discovers there is more to life than his father's loss. The resulting journey is both heartrending and incredibly endearing, as readers find themselves becoming close to Oskar himself as he moves through the life and love his father gave him, until, eventually, he learns to let his father go.
Jonathan Safran Foer, a newcomer to the American fiction market, is most known for his 2005 novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He graduated from Princeton in 1999 with a degree in philosophy, and started writing his first book not long after. His books have attracted their own fair share of both praise and criticism from contemporary critics, and his body of work has attracted a large fan following. His newest book, Escape from Children's Hospital, is set for release in 2014.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is an endearing, contemporary novel sure to pull at the heartstrings of even the most stoic literary fan.
Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is a precocious Francophile who idolizes Stephen Hawking and plays the tambourine extremely well. He's also a boy struggling to come to terms with his father's death in the World Trade Center attacks. As he searches New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key his father left behind, Oskar discovers much more than he could have imagined.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a masterfully imagined novel from an author Time hails as a certified wunderkind. Download and start listening now!