1977 – Born in Washington.
1999 – He traveled to Ukraine to research his grandfather’s life.This trip resulted in the inspiration for his debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, published in 2002 by Houghton Mifflin. The book garnered him a National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award.
2000 – He was awarded the Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Prize.
2001 – The Very Rigid Search.
2002 – "A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease".
– "About the Typefaces Not Used in This Edition".
– Everything Is Illuminated.
2005 – Everything Is Illuminated was adapted to film, by the director Liev Schreiber, with Elijah Wood in the lead role.
– Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.