In interviews at the time of the book's 2005 release, Foer said he wrote 39 distinct drafts, the first and the last having seemingly nothing in common — not characters, themes or plot elements. Seemingly. In fact, all of Foer's writings, including his first novel, Everything Is Illuminated, have dealt with loss and the ways people cope with it. In Extremely Loud, the central character, Oskar Schell, copes with losing his father by searching out the story behind a cryptic note and key he finds among his late father's possessions.
Sat., Oct. 27, 2 p.m., 2012