I don’t want to give anything away and spoil this novel for new readers, so I must be very clever and careful in my review. This novel is the story of a boy, Oskar, who is desperately searching for proof that his father loved him, proof that he loved his father, after the tragedy of 9-11. This novel is best understood when you keep in mind the caveat; nature abhors a vacuum. No matter how ‘ripped apart’ family becomes after a disaster ‘life’ begins the healing process, whether it succeeds of not depends on ‘us’.
This has been one of the most genuine and moving novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. It would be a mistake to miss reading this book.