Room (Prebound)

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A child’s life is defined by his limited personal experiences. Ma is raising five-year-old Jack to be as engaged as possible within the confines of a small soundproofed garden shed where they are held captive by her kidnapper and his biological father. With Jack narrating this tale we learn about their surprisingly varied daily existence, including regular exercise, both physical and intellectual, where objects like egg shells and a spoon become entertainment, learning tools and friends. Though the premise is horrifying and the story has its cringe-worthy moments like Old Nick’s regular visits when Jack hides in the wardrobe, this is a strangely uplifting story of the connection between mother and child and an affirmation that loving relationships can help you through the darkest of times.
A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2010

— Sydne, Atlanta

Summer '11 Reading Group List


“Room is like no other book I have ever read. This emotionally powerful story of young Jack and his mother who are held in captivity for seven years is both a heart-wrenching testament to the power of the love between a mother and child and a riveting story of overcoming horrible circumstances. Emma Donohue has written one of those rare books that you will remember reading your entire life, as you will be altered by the experience.”
— Lanora Hurley, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI

September 2010 Indie Next List


“Room is like no other book I have ever read. This emotionally powerful story of young Jack and his mother, held in captivity for seven years, is both a heart wrenching testament to the power of the love between a mother and child and a riveting story of overcoming horrible circumstances. Emma Donohue has written one of those rare books that you will remember reading your entire life, as you will be altered by the experience.”
— Lanora Hurley, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI

Description


To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. 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's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
"Room" is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.

About the Author


Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose novels include the bestselling "Slammerkin," "The Sealed Letter, Landing, Life Mask, Hood, "and" Stirfry."""Her story collections are" The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, Kissing the Witch, "and" Touchy Subjects." She also writes literary history, and plays for stage and radio. She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner and their two small children. For more information, go to www.emmadonoghue.com.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780606265058
ISBN-10: 0606265058
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: May 18th, 2011
Pages: 321
Language: English