Jonathan S Foer - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Harriett Gilbert talks this month to American writer Jonathan Safran Foer about his novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Set in the aftermath of 9/11, it is the story of a young boy coming to terms with the tragedy of his father's death in the World Trade Centre.

After finding a mysterious key left behind in his Dad's closet, Oskar sets out across New York hoping to find some answers.

Both a meditation on pain, loss and the healing power of love - as well as an examination of the psyche of post 9/11 New York - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a novel that lingers in the mind.

(Image: Jonathan S Foer. Credit: Giuseppe Aliprandi)

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Sun 4 Mar 2012 14:05 GMT

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