I stayed up .late last night to finish this book: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. I was leery about this book in the beginning because it took some time for me to get comfortable with the writing style. It starts from the voice of a unusually intelligent and mature 9 year-old Oskar. He has lost his father on September 11th in the World Trade Center. He has a secret he has kept since then and feels it is his burden to carry. His father was the most important part of his life, and Oskar spends his days trying to keep this relationship alive by searching for a lock that can be opened by the key he found in his father’s closet. He embarks on a journey through New York City meeting all kinds of people who help him indirectly. He discovers secrets that everyone around him hold onto in fear of letting the truth out. Secrets his grandmother keeps locked inside, and eventually, the reader, gains insight to Oskar and his father’s family. I was confused at times, but that is what drove my desire to keep reading. I made guesses as to the outcome, and some I pieced together while others were craftly woven throughout to help make a complete and satisfying ending. I am glad my husband bought me this book which I would never have read on my own.