Room - Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue’s novel ROOM (Little, Brown, $24.99) is told through the irrepressible and naive voice of Jack, a five-year-old who has lived his entire life inside an 11’ x 11’ shed. Jack’s depiction of “Room,” as he calls it, belies the horrid reality that exists for him and “Ma,” his only friend, teacher, and protector from “Old Nick,” who keeps them both captive. Donoghue takes an unthinkable situation and challenges the reader to relate to it in familiar ways. The magic here is not in creating an epic novel that covers generations and a constellation of characters, for which many authors have been praised, but in crafting an intimate story of a mother, a son, and how they survive and support each other in a confined space. Later, as Jack and Ma re-enter society, the narrative reveals how much “Room” has affected them both, and details the challenging process of individuation and recovery from trauma and deprivation. Skillful storytelling reveals the pair’s confusion and resilience, and will have you caring and rooting for them as they deal with the aftermath of a life they never chose. 

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ISBN: 9780316098335
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 13th, 2010

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ISBN: 9780316098328
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 18th, 2011