my take: i see they are making a movie (starring sandra bullock) of this … so get it read before you head to the theater (or receive the red envelope).

this book is extremely sad and incredibly funny. and clever. set in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, this is haunting and adventurous. i can imagine the movie will be lush with New York scenes.

i’ve recently read several “character” books … where 2 or more voices tell the story. this one is incredibly well-written. i loved the voice of nine year old Oskar. the other voice is of one who can’t speak, which makes for interesting reading.

i got lost in this book. and loved where i found these characters.

my source: anne, read her copy; jonathan safran foer will be at the Festival of Faith & Writing in 2012

my verdict: yes! read this. will be in my “best reads” this year. great discussion read.

similar: let the great world spin, a history of love