April 4, 2005
April 4, 2005
Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.
The prodigiously gifted young writer Jonathan Safran Foer follows up his critically beloved bestseller EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED with the story of Oskar Schell, a precocious nine-year old boy whose father has died in the World Trade Center. Since 9/11, Oskar has become obsessed with disasters of all kinds, and he continually imagines whimsical inventions that will keep people safe. After he discovers a mysterious key belonging to his father, Oskar embarks on a quixotic quest through New York City's five boroughs, searching for the lock the key can open. Interspersed with Oskar's travels is the story of his grandparents, who went through a similarly traumatic experience during the fire-bombing of Dresden, and the stories eventually intertwine in the cathartic climax. Foer uses myriad postmodern tricks and devices (typographical mistakes, photographs, and cartoons) to add a puzzlebox complexity to the powerful emotional core of the novel.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Family + Friendship, Philosophy, War + Military, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Literary
- Language: English
- Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
- Online Item #: 12081495
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-0902
- ISBN: 9780618329700
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported