Jonathan Safran Foer is a snappy writer. He wrote Everything is Illuminated which was extremely funny and moving.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the story of a 9 year old boy who is a genius. He is dealing with the loss of his father in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He wonders if perhaps his father didn't die and he spends his time investigating what could possibly have happened to him.
The fact that this book is written from Oskar's 9 year old perspective is fascinating. The fact that he is so smart and yet also very much a child makes him less irritating than you would think. He also comes across an old man who survived the bombing of Dresden when he was young and parralels are drawn between that and 9/11 that make for interesting reading.
This book is heartbreaking and funny and well worth reading.