my take: Gads! I read this in gulps … couldn’t put it down. Voyeuristic is the word coming to mind … looking in on these people’s misery as they are held captive in a single room. The story is told by 5 year old Jack, born in Room to Ma (kidnapped by Old Nick 7 years earlier).
At first I thought his voice would be annoying, but I soon fell into the cadence of the little boy who uses a thing’s name as it’s Name and has lived in 11 square feet his entire life. The book answers the questions that come out of such a headline story: what happens before, during and after such a horrific event.
my source: I’d heard the author interviewed on Diane Rehm and hubby gave it to me for 12 days of Christmas … available on a first come, first served basis (after hubby gets a crack at it).
my verdict: good discussion read for book clubs,
I thought this one sounded good but would maybe be too disturbing… sounds like I should give it a try though.
I still haven't read A Map of the World because I knew the premise and just couldn't read it. But if you think this one was worth it, put me on the list.
What a fast read (read it in 3 sittings)! It was my Cincinnati (Clifton branch)Public Library's book club pick for April and I'm excited to talk about this next week. It was not the book I was expected it to be, but I really enjoyed it!
My 19 year old daughter is insisting this be my book club's next pick. She was quite entranced while she read it.