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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Do perservere with this book. The intercut stories and the unusual layout may seem offputting but they do enhance the whole experience of the book. Oskar may seem very strange at first but his story is compelling and very moving. You will laugh as you cry.

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So why was she suddenly starting to forget about me? Every time I left our apartment to go searching for the lock, I became a little lighter, because I was getting closer to Dad. But I also became a little heavier, because I was getting farther from Mom.
In bed that night, I couldn't stop thinking about the key, and how every 2.777 seconds another lock was born in New York. I pulled Stuff That Happened to Me from the space between the bed and the wall, and I flipped through it for a while, wishing that I would finally fall asleep.

Parallels

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
 

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