Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
"Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey."
In 2005, when the book was published, it was panned by most reviewers. The magic seemed insufficiently magical. The realism was unreal. The "postmodern whimsey", especially the illustrations, which included a falling-man flip section in which the body went up and back into the window, offended some readers. By 2009, when the book was suggested to the OBOM committee, many more readers voices had been heard and the discussion was still...open.
Open Books--Open Minds Common Book 2009