Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis: Beautiful and True

Jonathan Safran Foer

Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis: Beautiful and True

Oskar's mother continues to spend time with Ron, a man whom Oskar clearly does not like and views as an inadequate substitute for his father. Oskar asks why Ron does not have a family of his own and he learns that Ron's wife and daughter died in a car accident. Oskar is taken aback when he learns that Ron and his mother met in a support group for those who lost family members.

After Oskar's mother tucks him in that night, he sneaks out. At midnight, Gerald arrives in a limousine with the renter (the same driver who took him and his family to his father's funeral); this night marks Oskar's second ride in a limo. On the way to the cemetery, Oskar takes pictures of the stars out of the limo's...

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