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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User Review  - joyhclark - LibraryThing

This one is more of a 3.5 stars book. I was blown away by the author's ability to write from the prospective of a unique 5-year-old. However, I had some issues with a few of the events in the book. A few of the mother's actions felt more like plot devices rather than being character-driven. Read full review

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User Review  - Deborah.Blythe - LibraryThing

Gosh I enjoyed this book. I didn't want to read it. Thought it was exploiting so many real life stories and really couldn't be bothered, but then I saw it in a library available as an audio book on an ... 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.

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