Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer is also the writer of 'Everything is illuminated'. 'Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close' is the story about Oskar Schell, a 9 year old kid, whose dad died in the 9/11 attacks. He finds a key that belonged to his father and goes on a quest to find the lock in which it fits.
The book is tender, sometimes heartbreaking, but due to Foer's incredible talent never corny. Even the 'over-intelligent' 9-year-old never annoys. This makes it an incredible and often funny read. If you only are going to read 1 book this year, choose 'Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close'!