The new issue of People magazine (9/20) features Booker shortlist title Room, by Emma Donoghue. In Europe, the book has been compared to the true story of an Austrian man who imprisoned his daughter in the basement of the family home for 24 years, fathering seven children with her. People sees a comparison to an American story, asking,
What must childhood have been like for Jaycee Dugard’s two daughters? A year after their rescue from the sex offender who kidnapped their mother and fathered them, this compelling new novel offers an imaginative take on a similar plight.
The other titles reviewed in the issue are all being released this week:
Getting to Happy, Terry Mcmillan, (Viking, 9/7) 2.5 of 4 stars
Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family , Glenn Plaskin, (Center Street, 9/8) 3 of 4 stars
The Widower’s Tale, Julia Glass, (Pantheon, 9/7) 4 of 4 stars
Vermilion Drift, William Kent Krueger, Atria (9/7) 3 of 4 stars
Reminder: Since People’s book reviews are not readily available online, we maintain an archive.