In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, Oskar Schell is a nine-year-old on a mission that will take him all over New York City. He has a key left by his father who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As he travels from borough to borough, he explores new ways to keep those he loves safe.
Prunella Smith is a freelance editor living several lives in the isolated Australian bush. In one life, she’s a Tibetian Yogi and in another an exotic dancer. In a third life, she’s being cyberstalked and harassed by an author unhappy with a review she’s written, and the final world involves the strong Kelee, main character in a book that Prunella is editing.
It’s the not so distant future and violence rules American politics. When the President Elect is assassinated and the question of who will be the next president causes turmoil in the nation, Civil War looms. Florida is the first to secede and as countries threaten to enter the battle. What will happen to a nation falling apart?
In Nowhere to Goa Bhang Lassis, Rickshaws, and Holy Cows! by Doug E. Jones, Scott and Mike are 19-year-old twins. Scott has always lived by the rules, while Mike’s been a reckless free spirit charging ahead and getting by on his good looks and a nice smile. When Mike is arrested in India, Scott knows that he must once again save his twin and heads off to bring him home. The task is not as straightforward as Scott anticipated as he sets off on his brother’s trail. On the South Asian backpack trail, Scott’s eyes are opened and he wonders if perhaps there isn’t more out there than a degree from the Northwestern University and a quiet life.