Room: A Novel

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Picador, 2010 - Boys - 321 pages
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It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in ROOM, which has a locked door and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is real. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside. Told in Jack's voice, ROOM is the story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. Unsentimental and sometimes funny, devastating yet uplifting, ROOM is a novel like no other.

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The plot is excellent and her storytelling is superb. - LibraryThing
Also, the ending seemed terribly rushed. - LibraryThing
Creepy premise, but exceptional writing. - LibraryThing
That, for me, was maddening and difficult to read. - LibraryThing
Very well researched. - LibraryThing
It's not always easy to read. - LibraryThing

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As a woman whose only desire in life is to have children, it was a stunning refresher to find an adult fiction novel narrated in the eyes of a 5 year old. I have spent my entire life around young ... Read full review

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User Review  - queencersei - LibraryThing

Five year old Jack and his Ma live what Jack believes to be a normal life in room. Room is Jack's whole world, where just he and Ma go about their lives. Except when Old Nick comes to visit. Then Jack ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Emma Donoghue was born on October 24, 1969 in Dublin, Ireland. She received her BA degree from the University College Dublin and PhD in English from University of Cambridge. Her first novel was Stir Fry and it was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 1994. Her next novel was Hood which won the 1997 American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award for Literature. Her novel Slammerkin was a finalist in the 2001 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction. The Sealed Letter, published in 2008, was her latest work of historical fiction. It is based on the Codrington Affair - which was a divorce case that captivated Britain in 1864. This work was the joint winner of the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. She continued writing several award winning novels including the Room which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and on September 7, 2010 it made the short list. Her title Frog Music made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

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