- Author: Jonathan Saffran Foer
- Title: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Language of the book: English
- First publication: 2005
- Number of Pages: 326
- ISBN: 9780141025186
- Genre: novel
The main character in this story is the 9-year-old Oskar. His father is deceased in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Oskar feels very guilty about this, because he did not pick up the phone when his father belde.Zijn mother knows nothing of this.
Oskar clearly shows autistic traits. If he wants to wear only white clothes, but he labored in touch with his classmates and he developed cognitively far beyond peers.
Oskar's mother is a sweet woman, she let Oskar they are and does everything to make him feel at ease. She herself struggling greatly with the loss of her husband. For that reason, she regularly called "support groups".
Oskar's grandmother is crazy about her grandson. Oskar describes her as a confused woman, but nevertheless let them very well Oskar when they go somewhere together.
Oskar's grandfather, the writer of the letters that make up a part of the story. These letters he wrote to his son, who he has never seen, because his former wife already left before he was born. He comes across as a tad neurotic, given that he has divided the house into "something" and "nothing" - parts.
The nine year old Oskar has lost his father in the attacks on 11 September. Oskar is in deep mourning process and is frantically looking for mementos of his father. When he looks through his father's closet, there is a vase on the floor. This includes a note with the name 'Black' on it and a key. Oskar is determined to find the person who has found a slot where the key fits: he is convinced that this key can tell him more about his father.
He begins his quest with the call and cancel all the 'Blacks' in New York. His first encounter he had with Abby Black: she's awfully nice to Oskar, but can not give him information about the key. So it goes with many meetings he has: they are all friendly giant, but can not bring him any information.
When Oskar is about to give up, the story takes an unexpected turn: after eight months to have the answering machine not touched, Oskar listens for the first time off the answering machine. On it is a message of Abby Black, she has not been completely honest at the initial meeting and if he wants to come along.
When Oskar arrives at Abby, she referred him to her ex-husband, William Black. William says that his father's vase must have been: his father sold him to Oskar's father. The key belonged to a vault. Oskar is no longer curious to the contents of the safe, as the key still was not his father.
Oskar home destroys everything that has to do with his search, his mother admits that after the first visit all the 'Blacks' phoned them and explained what Oskar was doing and why. It explains why all people kindly responded to him.
The main storyline in the book is that of Oskar, but this is interspersed with letters his grandfather to his son he never knew wrote. Additionally Oskars grandmother wrote a number of letters to Oskar, which also stand between the story of Oskar.