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     "Songs are as sad as the listener." -- Oskar Schell

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is set in post-9/11 New York City, and follows the adventures of Oskar Schell, a precocious and curious nine-year-old boy. Oskar’s story begins after the September 1 1, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Oskar’s father died in the attack on the Twin Towers, and Oskar clings to answering machine messages left by his father between the time the towers were hit and their ultimate collapse. More than a year later, Oskar finds a key enclosed in an envelope with the word “Black” on it, hidden in a vase in his father’s closet. Believing this to be a clue his father has left him, Oskar embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the lock that the mysterious key fits.

    Click here for our Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close resource guide (PDF).

    If you liked Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, you might like:

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    Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the acclaimed novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, as well as the nonfiction best-seller Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his novelist wife Nicole Krauss and their two children.

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     Jonathan Safran Foer Author Photo





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