I appreciate books I can return to. Reading a familiar story can feel like coming home-like being in a place where you are known. This is the heartbreaking story of a boy searching for meaning in a senseless tragedy, and of the striking purity of the love that binds a family together. Oskar Schell's father died during the 9/11 attacks. One afternoon while looking through his late father's belongings, Oskar finds a key, and sets off to locate its owner. Through his journey, we see the resiliency of hope in spite of unforgiving truths, and find a richly interwoven history of loss and survival. For anyone who's lost something irreplaceable, and for those who believe love can endure in a world at war, Foer's unexpectedly charming book rings true. I loved this story, its characters, and the place I'll return to when I, undoubtedly, pick it up again.
Oskar Schell is an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.