Reader recommendation: The Sacrifice Monitor readers share their favorite book picks. By George Anderson, Beaumont, Tex. February 20, 2015 About video ads View Caption of Basing her novel upon the story of Tawana Brawley, who claimed, in 1987, that she had been kidnapped and raped, Joyce Carol Oates has created in The Sacrifice a fictional nightmare that reads like a thriller. The book is mesmerizing. Can you guess which literary work goes with each final line? Take our quiz!