Jonathan Safran Foer Jeff Mermelstein


Jonathan Safran Foer

Sept. 22
7 p.m.

It’s been 11 years since Jonathan Safran Foer published his last novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. That book follows a young boy as he struggles to solve a puzzle after losing his father in the 9/11 attacks. Before that, Foer made a splash on the literary scene with Everything Is Illuminated, which joins the author, in fictional form, as he travels through Ukraine and Poland in search of the woman who saved his grandfather during Nazi occupation. Both of these novels are thoroughly modern, playing with text layout and narrative perspective, choices that have won him acclaim as well as ire from critics. His latest work, Here I Am, is also a format-buster, but it does so a little more quietly, telling the tale of a family falling apart over a period of four weeks. He’ll be at Macalester College this week to read from his new piece thanks to Common Good Books.