Fiction

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (London:

Jonathan Cape, 2003) Foer, Jonathan Safron. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2005)

Many commentators have noted the many similarities between these two astonishing novels. Each is narrated by a brilliant, science-minded boy who has lost a parent and sets out into the larger world to solve a mystery. Less often noted is that the two narrators both self-identify as nontheistic. The result is a profound pair of reflections on death, loss, meaning, and the power of personal will that should resonate with most freethinking teens. Both are also available on audio at www.audible.com. (I especially recommend Curious Incident for the unique perspective of the autistic narrator—and especially in audio.)

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