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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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May 06, 12

Read in April, 2012

A very moving book. I loved the narrator and am surprised so many readers found him difficult to like. It was just a very honest story of a son grieving his father's death in his quirky, unique way. One of my great fears is that my husband will die and leave my oldest son, almost the age of the narrator and similar to him in some ways, with a black hole in his heart that could never, ever be filled. The rest of us would be devastated, of course, but the connection my oldest son has to his Dad is like his lifeline to the world. It felt like a personal story to me in that way. This book does a good job of allowing the reader to just sit with the sadness of losing someone you love, and somehow coming to terms with the reality that things can never be made better or fixed.

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