Room: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Hachette Digital, Inc., Sep 13, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
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To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
  

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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
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A unique, amazing book. Highly recommended. I read the beginning curious to see how an author could possibly sustain a first person narrative by a five year old boy who had spent his entire life ... Read full review

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Room is one of those books that will change the way you view the world. What if you had grown up only knowing one room and believing that all you saw on TV was from another planet? What if you were a ... Read full review

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Contents

My child
Presents
Unlying
Dying
After
Living
Acknowledgments
Reading Group Guide
Questions and topics for discussion
Emma Donoghues recommendations for further reading and viewing
New Fiction in Paperback Great for Reading Groups
Contents
About the Author
ALSO BY EMMA DONOGHUE
Extraordinary acclaim for Emma Donoghues ROOM
Copyright

An Interview with Emma Donoghue

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About the author (2010)

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. For more information, visit www.emmadonoghue.com.

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