A new novel by the author of
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.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship, Philosophy, Types of Characters, War + Military, Literary
- March 13, 2013
- April 4, 2006
- Jonathan Safran Foer