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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  

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In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key... But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open? So begins a quest that takes Oskar - across New York's five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The film based on the book, starring Sandra bullock and Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn in his debut role, is due for release in UK cinemas 17 February 2012. See below for a trailer.

In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key...The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open? So begins a quest that takes Oskar - inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective - across New York's five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father?

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Wise, funny, unbearably sad. Speeds across the sky like a new-century comet heralding great events in the asteroid belt of fiction Financial Times Utterly engaging, beautifully realised. From the very page it is a hugely involving read ... a heartbreaker: tragic, funny, intensely moving Spectator Serious, funny, yet achingly heartbreaking Herald Dramatically original ... Safran Foer is a writer of considerable brilliance Observer

About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977 in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Eating Animals. Everything Is Illuminated won several literary prizes, including the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book Award. His stories have been published in The Paris Review, Conjunctions and the New Yorker. Foer teaches Creative Writing at New York University.

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Publication date

10th May 2006

Author

Jonathan Safran Foer

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780141012698

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