Room: A Novel

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Little, Brown, 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
Very well researched. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the perspective of the boy and all the things his mother did to keep him and herself sane while they were being held captive. I would recommend it. Read full review

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User Review  - Kathy_Dyer - LibraryThing

One of only 3 books I've ever thought about not finishing. I think there were 2 reasons for this thought. First the syntax of the 5-year-old narrator and second, the darkness of this fictional story ... Read full review

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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

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