Sunday, January 2, 2011


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,


  1. I thought this one sounded good but would maybe be too disturbing... sounds like I should give it a try though.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. My 19 year old daughter is insisting this be my book club's next pick. She was quite entranced while she read it.